On the island of Sumbawa in central Indonesia, thousands of artisanal miners have been digging up gold in dangerous, informal mines, sunk into jungle hillsides, for generations. The Indonesian government licenses large international mining corporations...


'It was a sunny day in April 1960. I took a ship to Chosen [Korea] from the port of Niigata, a north-western city of Japan.When I saw my mother for the last time, she was crying. She kept saying, ''Please dont go . . . Please change your mind.'' Every ...


It feels like the end of an era - not just the end of festivities - the trees, so recently adorned and surrounded by presents, now cast out, forlorn on the streets, waiting to be taken away. Once they were viewed as a curiosity, sometimes a touch ...


140,000 people die worldwide from snakebites every year. Another 400,000 are severely injured, often needing to have arms or legs amputated or losing their sight. Those worst affected are the rural poor in Africa, Asia and South America. The ...


One of the many side effects of the Trump presidency in the United States has been a steep increase in the number of asylum seekers attempting to enter Canada from the US. The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) is now recording the highest number of ...


200 million years ago, the area around the small towns of Charmouth and Lyme Regis on the southern coast of England would have been entirely submerged by a tropical sea. The area was then around the latitude of Morocco, and its warm water supported a ...


Ninety per cent of the world's most highly prized rubies, called 'pigeon's blood' for their deep hue and intensity of colour, come from the hills near the town in Mogok, 200 kms north of Mandalay, Myanmar's second city. The two most precious rubies found...


Grace Kudzu has sickle cell disease, a genetic disorder that makes her red blood cells sickle-shaped and rigid, rather than the usual flexible doughnut form. They block her capillaries and cause excruciating vasco-occlusive crises that last for days at a...


Abbie used her own experience of being an overweight teenager to connect with six young men who struggle with their weight. "This is an intimate study of how it feels to be overweight as a young man in today's world. I was a fat teenager myself ...


In the middle of the night, villagers wade through shallow enclosures 100 metres offshore, looking for small, sausage-like creatures in the dark waters. Prized as a delicacy in the Far East, sea cucumbers are a godsend for this small village in one of ...


Since the financial crisis in the 1990s, many young women have left the Faroe Islands, a small nation in the North Atlantic Ocean which is nominally part of Denmark, but governs its own affairs. Most leave to study in Copenhagen or other European cities....


In Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, the stunning beauty of glacial ice and mountain lakes hides a worrying environmental phenomenon unfolding in slow motion. The glaciers in this remote part of South America are melting at an alarming rate. As ...


After the fifth election in five years - three general elections and two referendums - the UK is no closer to healing the divisions that emerged during the EU referendum. The English nationalist project, otherwise known as Brexit, has unleashed a level ...


The two islands of Mayotte and Anjouan are separated by only 40 miles of sea. They share same language, faith and ethnicity, and their populations have been intertwined through family links for hundreds of years. But in 1974, the colonial power, France, ...


Or rather it doesnt. The World Trade Organization (OMC in French) is in crisis. While it is supposed to regulate 98% of international trade, between its 164 country members, i.e. just about all countries, it has totally failed to update rules mostly ...


Every country has its favourite sport. In England, football is the undisputed leader. In India, a huge home audience, running into the hundreds of thousands, is obsessed with cricket. America calls its annual baseball championship the World Series even ...


11 December 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the First Chechen War. Though by no means the only conflict to beset the imploding Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the War in Chechnya came to epitomise the chaos and wanton destruction of ...


The Tour du Faso is one of the world's great cycle races. It covers 1,306 kilometres across Burkina Faso every October and has been won 15 out of the past 32 times by local Burkinab teams since its inception in 1987. Until 1998 it was reserved for ...


For Aboriginal communities in Australia's Northern Territory, lack of opportunities and extreme isolation are often coupled with substance abuse, domestic violence and suicide. The annual "carnival", however, brings far flung indigenous ...


Uluru, or Ayers Rock as it was previously known, is one of Australia's most recognisable landmarks which has featured in the background of countless tourist photographs for decades. Considered sacred by local Anangu Aboriginal people, the huge sandstone ...


Crocodiles are sacred in Timor Leste, one of the world's youngest and least developed countries which seceded from Indonesia in the late 1990s. Locals call them 'Abo', or grandfather in the Tetum language, and revere them through their foundation myth ...


From the statue of Christ at Tupungato one can look out over the vast floodplains of the Valle De Uco. The Andes mountains rise imposingly to the the west and laid out below are rows of poplar and cypress trees, protecting acre after acre of ...


Over the past 10 years, the weather in the Arctic has been changing at an unprecedented rate. In the summer of 2019, air temperatures of 31 C and water temperatures of 20 C were recorded in Alaska, a rise of 3 to 4 degrees C and thus way above the 1.5 ...


In 2012 and 2013, I re-traced the historical migrations of my Mennonite ancestors. I followed their centuries-long journey through Europe, Russia and Siberia, photographing the places and people that had been left behind. I sought an ethereal connection ...


This story is about how the worlds largest and most destructive industrial project is impacting Indigenous communities. But it is also about so much more than that. The oil sands are just one example of how centuries of Canadian settler colonialism is ...


The Mahafaly plateau in southeastern Madagascar is one of the driest regions in the country. It only rains a few times a year and the little rain that does fall is immediately absorbed by the porous lime soil. There are no rivers, no lakes or any other ...


The tough sport of bare-knuckle boxing is making a comeback in the UK after being largely ignored for decades. It is run by Ultimate Bare Knuckle Boxing (UBKB), the only bare-knuckle academy in the UK, and is based in a gym in Warrington in the Northwest...


The Sahel divides the sands of the Sahara from the tropical forests of Africa, the mainly Arab North from sub-Saharan black African nations in the South, and nomadic pastoralists from sedentary agricultural communities. It is home to around 125 million ...


There are over 150 million malnourished children in the world today. This contributes to three million child deaths a year. A new photo exhibition co-produced by Concern Worldwide and Panos Pictures shares the stories of individuals behind the statistics...


Hasankeyf is one of the oldest human settlements in the world, located on the banks of the Tigris River in Turkey. It has been continuously inhabited for the past 12,000 years yet this cultural treasure is about to be erased forever. Located in ...


Like much about the vast, empty island nation of Greenland, its football league is full of anomalies and a study in resilience. Since the harsh North Atlantic climate doesn't allow for teams to play on grass pitches, a prerequisite for membership of UEFA...


As of 2019 there are an estimated 3.6 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey. In the city of Gaziantep in the south and near the border with war-ravaged Syria there are currently 500,000. The impact on Gaziantep has been significant. The city of 1.5 ...


South Lincolnshire always seemed far away, not least while growing up there. Its mostly fenland, with flat, damp spaces and big skies separating people and places, as often as not hidden behind tall fences. Its an insular place - by the sea, yet ...


The boy mounted the horse barefoot, with only an ill-fitting Hello Kitty helmet to protect his head and a talisman under his clothing to give him the courage of his ancestors. The last thing Firmansyah (8) remembered about the race was being boxed in ...


Scientists first discovered the presence of neon gas in our atmosphere at the end of the 19th century. Tasteless, odourless and colourless, they found that neon and the other noble gases were largely unreactive, but that when subjected to an electrical ...


LGBT people face intense discrimination and harassment in Kyrgyzstan. Homophobia is widespread and often violent. This is particularly true in Osh, Kyrgyzstans second city, which is intensely traditional and conservative. Many Kyrgyz people see ...