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last updated: 11:48 UTC / Wednesday 29 April 2015

12 Panos photographers, in collaboration with Sony’s Global Imaging Ambassadors (SGIA) programme, have photographed in cities across the world over the past nine months to produce a highly topical exhibition on the subject of the Future of Cities.

Building on the notion that three quarters of the world’s population could be living in cities by the middle of the 21st century, each photographers has tried to address different issues, developments and challenges now affecting cities globally and to document innovative solutions being devised to accommodate the ever growing urban populations.

Shot by Fabio Erdos, Paul Morris and Anna Stevens.
Produced and edited by Panos Pictures.


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Amira fled to Jordan because of the trauma she’d suffered before and during the conflict in Syria.

With funding from UK aid, the International Rescue Committee is providing psycho-social support to Amira and many others like her.

Shot by Abbie Trayler-Smith, edit and production by Panos for DFID.


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Warda is one of thousands of Syrians who fled to Iraq from Kobani when ISIL attacked last year.

With support from UK aid, UNHCR and the Danish Refugee Council helped her cope with the winter.

Shot by Andrew McConnell, edit and production by Panos for DFID.


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Roqaya’s just one of the many thousands of people who’ve been injured over the past four years during the Syrian conflict.

With support from UK aid, Handicap International is helping her to recover.

Shot by Abbie Trayler-Smith, edit and production by Panos for DFID.


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Maha is one of the thousands of women from Syria who are now refugees in Lebanon.

With funding from UK aid, the International Rescue Committee is providing vocational training, counselling and support across the country.

Shot by Andrew McConnell, edit and production by Panos for DFID.


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Samir is one of the thousands of Iraqi citizens who were displaced from their homes in Sinjar when ISIL attacked last year.

With support from UK Aid, UNHCR and other agencies helped him cope with the winter.

Shot by Andrew McConnell, edit and production by Panos for DFID.


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New beans could transform Kenyan canning industry.

Researchers from the University of Nairobi, Kenya have developed superior, better-yielding, drought-resistant varieties of beans. The new varieties that have now gone through validation process by the regulators have much shorter cooking time, an attribute that is favourable to the canning industry and consumers because it significantly reduces energy costs.

Equally significant about these varieties is that beans ‘considered’ a woman’s crop has the potential to transform the lives of many women. These varieties, once released into the market, are expected to make a strong impact in countries in eastern Africa, including Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Video shot by Sven Torfinn.
Produced by Panos Pictures for Sci.Dev.


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Leasing delivers strong developmental impact in Africa by playing a critical role helping SMEs access finance, and promoting financial sector development.

Nyani Quarmyne travelled to Tanzania, Ghana and Senegal to document the activities of the IFC Africa Leasing Facility, a five-year, multi-country advisory services program aimed at introducing leasing as an innovative financial instrument across Sub-Saharan Africa.


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Abdullah was injured when a shell exploded next to him. He needed multiple operations and eventually had his leg amputated.

Over the last six months the UK government has supported teams of highly skilled British orthopaedic and plastic surgeons from the NHS to travel to Gaza. The organisations behind this programme, MAP and IDEALS, were funded as part of a package of more than £17 million in emergency humanitarian assistance, to help deliver lifesaving food, clean water, shelter and medical assistance.

Shot by Abbie Trayler Smith, edit and production by Panos for DFID.


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On 7 July 2014, following weeks of growing tensions over the tit-for-tat murders of three young Israeli students and a Palestinian teenager from East Jerusalem and rockets being fired out of Gaza, the Israeli army launched a large scale military operation in the coastal territory dubbed ‘Operation Protective Edge’. In the course of the 51-day conflict over 2,100 people were killed and more than 11,000 wounded. The majority of casualties in Gaza were civilians.

This unprecedented volume of people needing urgent and long term care for complex injuries has put a huge strain on Gaza’s health system. Over the last six months, teams of six highly skilled British orthopaedic and plastic surgeons from the NHS have been volunteering their time, rotating in and out of Gaza.

The UK government’s support to the organsiations behind this programme, MAP and IDEALS, was part of a package of more than £17 million in emergency humanitarian assistance, to help deliver lifesaving food, clean water, shelter and medical assistance.

Shot by Abbie Trayler Smith, edit and production by Panos for DFID.


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Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a dangerous place for women, or ‘meri’ as they are called in Tok Pisin, the local language. Violence against women is seen as normal. According to recent statistics from the Papua New Guinea National Department of Health, more than two thirds of women experienced physical or sexual violence. One third were subjected to rape and 17% of sexual abuse involved girls between the ages of 13 and 14.

Stills and video by Vlad Sokhin. Commissioned by Childfund Australia.


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The consequences of some conflicts related to the Arab springs, such as the Libyan and Syrian wars triggered a massive wave of refugees. On 3 October 2013, 366 immigrants trying to get to the italian coast of Lampedusa drowned in the southern Mediterranean sea. A short time after the tragedy, the italian government launched the Operation Mare Nostrum, involving 5 war ships from the Italian navy and other additional resources.

This short documentary shows a close up Search and Rescue operation conducted by the crew of the frigate Grecale in March 2014. Nearly 200 immigrants mainly from Pakistan and Sirya were found drifting somewhere between Lampedusa and Tunisia.

This film ends with a rare footage of the Refugee center of Mineo, Sicily. The largest refugees center in Europe, and the place where many among those who have been rescued by the Italian navy end up for months or years.

Commissioned by El Pais. Multimedia display at El Pais Semanal online:
elpais.com/especiales/2014/europa-frontera-sur/index.html

Shot and edited by Carlos Spottorno all images by Carlos Spottorno.


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