El Salvador has been the second most murderous country in the world for a number of years.
The two main gangs, or maras, facing off in the poor barrios of San Salvador and other cities, are the Mara Salvatrucha (MS) and the Barrio 18 (M18). Both originated in the poor Latino neighbourhoods of Los Angeles in the 1980 samongst young Central Americans who had escaped the incessant warfare in their home countries. When they were expelled from the US, they took their gang allegiances and turf wars with them back home.
Adam Hinton travelled to El Salvador, meeting ordinary Salvadorians whose lives have been affected by the gang warfare and some of the thousands of heavily tattooed gang members serving long sentences in the country’s overflowing jails.
MS-13, Adam Hinton’s book of prison portraits, is available through paulbelford.com.
Muhammed is one of the heroes fighting against the spread of Ebola. Working as a volunteer for the Red Cross in Freetown, Sierra Leone, once a month he assists with the removal of bodies from peoples homes and ensures they have a dignified burial.
Shot by Mads Nissen for Politiken, also for The Guardian.
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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