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last updated: 13:34 UTC / Friday 19 December 2014

Meet Beatrice’s family: there’s Elizabeth, Ruth, Margaret, Francis, Samuel, John, Kelvin, and Linda & Mary the twins. Elizabeth, the eldest, wants to be a lawyer. Beatrice wants all her children to go through secondary school – but in Kenya this costs money, and it’s money the family struggle to save, on the $4 a day they all live on. It wasn’t until she had had her ninth child that Beatrice heard about contraception, she says if she’d known earlier she would probably have just had three.

Commissioned by IPPF to support the Family Planning 2020 commitments.

Shot by Adam Patterson. Produced and edited by Panos Pictures.


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The House of Culture of the Blind in Yerevan has stood almost empty since the fall of the Soviet Union due to a lack of funding for disabled people in Armenia. Many disabled people are now reconnecting with the world and finding employment through the Internet. This year the Internet Society funded the creation of a new computer room in the House for Culture of the Blinds.

Shot and produced by James Morgan for the Internet Society.


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‘Women’s Voices: Michelle’ is part of a series of three short films on abortion produced by Panos for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Video by Adam Patterson.


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‘Women’s Voices: Juliette’ is part of a series of three short films on abortion produced by Panos for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Video by Abbie Trayler-Smith.


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‘Women’s Voices: Bhakti’ is part of a series of three short films on abortion produced by Panos for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Video by Suzanne Lee.


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A cluster bomb is dropped and ten years later people are still being affected by it.

Over the years, up to 8,000 people have been killed or injured in Iraq alone. One quarter of these casualties were children. J.B. Russell travelled to the country to meet some of the people living and working in the area.

Video produced by Sean Sutton for the Cluster Munition Coalition.
Editing by Panos Pictures.


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Around the world, some 287,000 women die every year from complications during pregnancy or childbirth and according to recent figures 6.6 million children have died before reaching their 5th birthday.

Six United Nations agencies have come together in a joint effort called H4+, to reduce child and maternal mortality rates and ensure that all mothers and children have access to the best possible care to enable them to live healthy, productive lives.


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On 1 September 1914 Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in Cincinnati Zoo. Once the world’s most abundant bird it fell victim to excessive hunting and deforestation within a few decades. Marc Schlossman photographed passenger pigeons and other now extinct birds in the vaults of various museums in the UK and US and spoke to curators about the processes of extinction.

Made in collaboration with the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.
Edited by Panos Pictures.


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Long since the days of William Wallace, imortalised and mythologised by Hollywood in 90′s film Braveheart, we ask his possible successors and namesakes to share their views on life, freedom and Scottish independence.

Video by Kieran Dodds.
Editing by Panos Pictures.


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The greatness of his mind is such that he rather chooseth to die than be taken alive: wherein the unicorn and the valiant-minded soldier are alike, which both contemn to death, and rather than they will be compelled to undergo any base servitude or bondage they will lose their lives.
~ John Guillim

A fictitious creature may seem an odd choice for a country’s national animal, but perhaps not for a country famed for its love for and long history of myth and legend, and the unicorn has been a Scottish heraldic symbol since the 12th century, when it was used on an early form of the Scottish coat of arms by William I.

The unicorn contended all those who would see him captured or oppressed, and would rather die fighting than surrender and face imprisonment. It is no wonder, then, that this creature was such a perfect symbol for the Scots, who for centuries struggled to remain independent and free of foreign influence.

Video by Kieran Dodds.
Voiceover by Angus King.
Editing by Panos Pictures.


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A three-part documentary based on Shiho Fukada’s portrait series, Japan’s Disposable Workers. The three sections are:

Overworked to Suicide
After the recession of the 1990s, Japan’s white collar salarymen increasingly must work arduous hours for fear of losing their jobs. This often leads to depression and suicide.

Net Cafe Refugees
Internet cafes have existed in Japan for over a decade, but in the mid 2000′s, customers began using these spaces as living quarters. Internet cafe refugees are mostly temporary employees, their salary too low to rent their own apartments.

Dumping Ground
Kamagasaki, Osaka, Japan used to be a thriving day laborer’s town. Today, it is home to approximately 25,000 unemployed and elderly men, many of whom are also homeless.

Produced by MediaStorm for the Pulitzer Center.


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High on a mountain, three shamans sit cross-legged on a great burial stone, gazing out across a moonlit valley. They are singing, a slow ululation that fades into the predawn silence. This is the annual summons for the nyale, ancient spirits that manifest as sea worms, briefly swarming the shores of Sumba, a tiny island in eastern Indonesia. For the shamans, the nyale are augurs, telling them what the year ahead will hold. This is the central moment in a ritual cycle that will culminate in a few hours when hundreds of warriors do battle, hurling spears in a bloody war known as the Pasola.

Even as the Sumbanese enact their millennia old rituals, the world is changing around them. Sumba is being touted as the next big thing in island tourism and a real estate gold rush has begun. Many are predicting that this tiny island no one has heard of will soon emerge as the next Bali. Perhaps the shamans have already seen the omens. It remains to be seen whether they will be for good or for ill.

Video shot by James Morgan.


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