With a population of over 1.4 billion, India is the most populous country on earth. Yet the number of female skateboarders can be counted on one hand. Chantal Pinzi met the women who are using skateboarding to challenge traditional gender stereotypes and...


Central America's criminal organisations keep growing in strength, seemingly impervious to the crime fighting efforts of national governments and the ever shifting patterns of their business from people trafficking to extortion and contract killing, ...


Livestock farming on an Industrial scale across Europe is causing widespread environmental degradation and serious damage to the health of people living in close proximity to factory farms. Scientist attempting to define what might come to define the ...


The history of migration across the Mediterranean goes back thousands of years. In recent years, tens of thousands of people have crossed the Mediterranean by boat from North Africa and Turkey to seek asylum or to migrate to Europe. The central ...


A quarter of Romanias population, or some six million people, now lives outside the country's borders. The vast majority of these have come from the countryside and the money they send back home has irreversibly changed their villages. Even though they ...


In the densely populated enclave of Gaza, home to over 2 million Palestinians, daily life is overshadowed by peril and hardship. Described by the UN Secretary General as a "humanitarian catastrophe," the region grapples with the ongoing consequences of a...


Isolated in a generic hotel room amongst the drab grey of Istanbuls sprawling concrete suburbs, 19 year old Yuto from Japan spends his days between his room and the physiotherapy sessions in the hotels basement. The process he has chosen last for three ...


Half a million died in 100 days: neighbours attacked neighbours, children saw their families slaughtered. But 30 years on, many of the victims and perpetrators have forged reconciliations even become friends. How did it happen? The most extraordinary...


Near the western edge of the Bay of Naples, away from the famous ruins of Pompeii to the South, lies the town of Pozzuoli, a community of some 81,000 that has become popular with people seeking cheaper rents than in neighbouring Napoli. Yet unlike ...


After working on a story about Sicilian winemakers who specialise in ' natural wine' - an increasingly popular production method that avoids pesticides and additives and allows the fermentation process to happens naturally - Alfredo D'Amato stayed in ...


The strain of exertion spreads across the little Mongolian boy's face as he grabs hold of a rope fastened around a slumped cow's neck, bends his knees and heaves with every muscle in his body to pull the animal to its feet. Dorjoo (4) furrows his brow as...


The island of Hispaniola, the first territory claimed by Columbus' 1492 mission to explore the unknown world beyond the seas, is today split into Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic (DR) in the East and Haiti in the West. The former has become a popular ...


"If I work in India, I can buy bread for my family. But if I work in Dubai, it's enough for bread and butter," says migrant worker Dolford. It is the dream of millions of Indians: - to earn a better living than in their home country and thus be able ...


A curious legislative battle is playing out on the Indian Ocean island of Mayotte which could have far-reaching effects on the rights of immigrant communities in mainland France. Fuelled by protests over poverty and crime in France's poorest Dpartement, ...


Health care systems are creaking all over the industrialised world and as people live longer, caring for the elderly is becoming an ever greater challenge, especially in societies where people are highly mobile and extended families rarely live in the ...


Varanasi, or it's more poetic names Kashi and Benares ('City of Light') is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. The significance and history of the place is clearly visible along the sprawling riverside ghats, a system of steps ...


When the drug known as 'kush' first arrived in Sierra Leone six years ago, few had ever heard of it. Extremely potent, dangerously unpredictable and dirt cheap, it has been spreading like wildfire ever since, proving irresistible to growing numbers of ...


Bullfighting in Spain is more than a sport. It is a unique cultural phenomenon that brings together ritualistic performance art and the thrill of danger in a tradition that dates back to Roman times and beyond. It has also been dividing opinion more ...


Off the coast of Sierra Leone, a remote island once home to three villages, large areas of forest and thousands of people is on the verge of disappearing into the sea, its land stripped away by devastating coastal erosion. In just ten years, Nyangai has ...


The bright and opulent prints with their infinite variety of patterns have become the symbol of a continent, appreciated around the world in a virtuous circle of globalisation that connects Kinshasa and Accra to Paris and New York. They are a familiar ...


The central Mediterranean has long been Europe's deadliest border. In 2023, some 3041 migrants lost their lives or were recorded missing at sea according to the Missing Migrants Project, an initiative of the International Organisation for Migration, the ...


The Democratic Republic of Congo, four times the size of France with a population of 102 million, has long been a source of regional instability and the epitome of ungovernability. With only just over 3,000 kilometres of paved roads for a territory ...


'I didn't want to be on the passenger seat. I wanted my own car, my own low rider, and I wanted to drive it myself,' explains Sandy Avila from Los Angeles. The 40-year-old mother of four not only built her own low rider; she also founded one of the few ...


Fire has been part of life in Australia for tens of thousands of years and indigenous Australians know and appreciate how wildfires regenerate the land and regulate its natural cycles. In recent years, however, various factors have conspired to make ...


The Beastie Boys, an American hip-hop group from New York, may have coined the term when they described the mullet hairstyle in their 1994 song 'Mullet Head' with the lines 'number one on the side and don't touch the back, number six on the top and don't...


Only 150 kilometres from Washington, DC, and a mere speck of dry land measuring three square kilometres, Tangier island in Chesapeake Bay offers both a journey back in time and a vision of the future if climate change continues at the present rate. The ...


This project appears to be a very straightforward concept. A series of photographs of couples kissing in the street, in parks, on public transport and other public places;photographs generated in the purest form of documentary-style photography. At a ...


With obscure origins in pagan customs and dating back to medieval times, the spring festivities of La Maya offers a strange and colourful spectacle celebrating the arrival of spring. Every 2nd May the families of girls aged between 7 and 11 gather to ...


On the ochre plains along the Mekong River the station emerges like a monumental pagoda of glass and steel. Vientiane railway station is written in large red letters on the facade in interlacing Laos and Chinese characters. At the entrance, monks in ...


Contemporary Europe has seen a steep increase in social tensions, aggressive politics, hostility towards outsiders and a new wave of nationalist, identitarian movements over the past decades. Discrimination against and isolation of minorities are ...


Today, 2.5 billion people worldwide depend on charcoal to cook their daily meals. Charcoal has been used as a fuel for over 30,000 years for anything from art and medicine to chemistry and metallurgy. The most wide-spread use of charcoal, however, has...


On arriving in the town of Pujas, in the depths of the Peruvian Andes, one first witnesses the complexity of the geography - the mountains hidden in the fog and the river that runs in silence at the bottom of the valley. This overwhelming sensation makes...


The Osage Nation is a Native American tribe that formed around the Ohio Valley over two and half thousand years ago and migrated further south after suffering huge losses due to European diseases and frequent conflict with the Iroquois in the 17th and ...


Abyei's rich oil reserves make the region economically desirable to both Sudan and South Sudan. Its border location has also led to conflicting ethnic, cultural, and linguistic claims. Resolving the status of the Abyei Area is one of the essential steps ...


The German word 'Fernweh' describes the desire to leave everything you know and hold dear behind and travel the world, a longing for a distant place that you don't yet know. My ownFernwehhas taken me to far-flung corners of the world to photograph. Out ...


'Prepare for liftoff!' jokes the anaesthetist as he administers ketamine intravenously to 26 year old Maximilian von Raven. Within seconds, the shaven-headed young man on the operating table becomes unresponsive. The surgical team immediately springs ...