International photojournalism

Afghanistan
Death costs 30 cents

The building near Kabul University was once the seat of the Soviet Cultural Centre. Today, half-destroyed by thirty years of bombings, it's the residence of nearly two thousand drug addicts, who live in the most appalling conditions. In this country it's easy to get caught in the drug spiral: a dose
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Afghanistan
The last Kabul jew

His name is Zabolon Simantov. He lives in poverty in a two-roomed flat not far from Chicken Street, with its antiques shops. Every week he turns on the lights of the synagogue next door: its a ritual he wants to keep alive, even if in vain, because there are no more Jews in Kabul for whom to conduct
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Eritrea
Asmara - Return to Little Roma

Asmara is a seventy year's jump back in time. In the Italy of Odeon cinemas and beveled mirrors, of Tagliero garages and pensioners in colonial straw hats enjoying an ice-cream at the small tables of the bar Impero. The Italians transformed a small shepherds village at an altitude of 2347 meters int
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Libya
Misratah under siege

Libya's third largest town has been under siege for three months. Qaddafi's forces and the militias of shabab, or revolutionary youth, fight to control the city in a conflict of unprecedented violence, which caused hundreds of dead and devastated a large part of the town, which for weeks has been su
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Libya
Women of the revolution

They have been appointed as the "revolutionary sisters". The Bugaighis sisters, Salwa and Iman, are the female face of an interim government. One is a lawyer, the other one a doctor. One has joined the council that is leading Benghazi, the other one is in charge for the logistics and the relations w
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Brazil
Two wheels, one ambulance

Sao Paulo, one of the most chaotic cities in Brazil: 11 million inhabitants, seven million vehicles, hundreds of accidents and episodes of violent criminality which leave casualties on the streets every day. The terribly congested traffic makes it impossible for a conventional ambulance to reach an
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China
China Islamic Frontier

Stretching from Taklamakan desert to the peaks of Pamir, Xinjiang is the biggest and the most diverse of China's provinces. Inhabited by the Uighurs, a Muslim, Turkic-speaking ethinc group, its vast natural resources include oil, coal, gas and uranium. From the other provinces, millions of migrants
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Eritrea
Save Massawa

"With easy mooring, Massawa is without a doubt the loveliest port on the Red Sea" noted the Italian delegate, Ferdinando Martini, in 1896. Massawa is the other side of Christian Eritrea, a city, which with its arches, its arabesques, its labyrinth of narrow alleyways, looks towards the Islamic East.
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Somalia
Navy Vs. Pirates

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somali coast is today's worse threat against merchant ships. Damages to world commerce amount to hundreds of millions of dollars every year, and are caused by a bunch of criminals who, motivated by hunger and poverty, attack huge cargo ships from tiny speedboat
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South Africa
Western Cape Province

During the winter, thousands of huge Southern Right Whales swim up from the freezing Antarctic waters and come to give birth in the quiet bays of Western Cape, for the delight of whale watchers the world over. In Hermanus and the neighbouring areas, the whales come so close to the coast that it's no
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Ethiopia
Dancalia, in the devil's land

The vast Danakil depression marks the beginning of the Great Rift Valley, the largest, longest and most prominent fault in the Earth's crust. Here, the underlying magma lies nearer to the surface than any other place on the planet. In the middle of the depression, the Erta Ale volcano appears like a
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Eritrea
Meskel, the bonfire of plenty

"Do you know that Christianity arrived in Eritrea by chance?" explains father Abraha as he watches the Meskel parade. "It disembarked with a group of Syrian merchants who were shipwrecked along the coast of the Red Sea on their way back from India". Today, at least half of the inhabitants in Eritrea
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Libya
War Fishing Boats

Misratah has been under the siege of Qaddafi's troops for three months, and its only channel of communication with free Libya is the sea. The population of Benghazi, with the creativity that characterizes the revolution, has organized a boat line to supply the country's third city with food, medicin
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Uganda
The green heart of Africa

Emerald-green hills, scorched savannahs and sky-blue lakes surrounded by volcanic chains and rain forests as dense as honey. Endless tea and banana plantations, audacious agriculture and sleepy villages suspended on the equator, poised between the dramatic historical vicissitudes of twenty years of
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Jordan
Little Ranias grow up

They're women between 20 and 40 years of age, who live in the cities and don't wear the veil, those who visit coffee shops and shopping centres. They call them the "Rania Generation", because they'll go to any lengths to resemble the queen, copying her clothes and her hairstyle, her natural make-up
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Nigeria
Stories of ordinary slavery

Every year, at least 50,000 girls travel from Nigeria (mostly from Benin City, one of the country's poorest cities) to Europe. A trafficker, with the help of a voodoo, or juju, priest, managed to convince them that a decent job awaits them in the promised land. The journey is often nightmarish, tryi
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International photojournalism