Until the 1970s, Afghanistan was a relatively peaceful country and a popular stop-over on the hippie trail. All that changed in 1979 with the Soviet invasion that left hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, dead and caused a third of the population to...


Situated in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi, the sprawling commercial hub of Kejetia Market is West Africa's answer to Amazon and Walmart combined. Among the more than 10,000 stalls that sit clustered together below an ocean of corrugated iron roofs you can ...


In June 2012, US president Barack Obama announced a radical new policy to deal with one of the country's most vexing problems - the presence of millions of undocumented migrants living in the shadows but constituting a vital part of the American economy....


The Amazon rainforest is often referred to the "lungs of the earth", absorbing tonnes of carbon dioxide and in turn producing some 20% of the earth's oxygen. It is also the most biodiverse region on the planet, home to some three million ...


Walking for hours under a blazing sun to sell mangoes, spending 12 to 13 hours a day repairing flat tyres or breaking rocks in a quarry - Emilienne (13), Roger (13) and Marc (15) never imagined that they would have to provide meals for their families ...


Mads Nissen's series on the Covid 19 crisis in Brazil from which the World Press Photo of the Year 2021 was selected. Mads talked to us about how he came to take the winning image. In March 2020, care homes across Brazil closed their doors to all ...


The Songor lagoon, 80 km east of Ghana's capital Accra, is the source of some 150,000 to 200,000 tonnes of salt a year. It is both a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and home to around 60,000 people who depend on salt and fishing for their livelihoods. ...


'He is obviously not a war photographer but nor is he a photographer of peace. Martin Roemers photographs the time between war and peace. He frequently arrives once the action has been and gone, at a point when the situation is still fragile and ...


The desert city of Agadez in central Niger, once infamous as an entrepot for migrants and refugees making their way north toward Libya and the dream of a new life in Europe, has now become the centre of a gold rush sweeping the Sahara. Itinerant ...


I grew up in a village right on the edge of Birmingham. It is the type of nondescript commuter settlement familiar to the majority of the UK's population who live in the suburbs. When I was 4 years old, the horse pastures to the east of my infant school ...


The second wave of Covid-19 swept across the UK with a vengeance. While daily recorded cases during the first wave hit a high of around 6,000 cases, the second wave saw daily highs reaching 20,000 and over, in part due to vastly higher rates of testing. ...


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 ...


In urban centres, where everyone carries a mobile phone and people pass each other on the street, apps like Tinder have revolutionised dating in the internet age. For people living in rural communities in Australia, a country the size of Europe, these ...


One of several theories about the origins of Covid-19 is that it was transmitted from bats to humans, via an intermediary species such as the pangolin. Bats make up almost a quarter of all mammal species in the world and have an extraordinary capacity to...


Recently I have been focusing on the education of impoverished children in Bangladesh and ways to get them into school to have a better future for themselves, their families, as well as for Bangladesh. Just a few months before the Coronavirus ...


Xiao (Little) Kinmen Island, Taiwan: A strong wind blasts in off the South China Sea, rushing through the pine trees. Around me cattle graze in former minefields still littered with military hardware. Down in the horseshoe bay, rusting and barnacled ...