The endless war
Chittagong, Bhatiary seafront, south-eastern Bangladesh: a laid-up ship arrives on a beach in the Gulf of Bengal to be dismantled. Like ants, hundreds of men, often adolescents, attack it to take it to pieces: a supertanker, weighing 20 thousand tons, literally disappears in four months. It produces iron, but also asbestos, mercury, hydrocarbon residues, acids and poisons, which devastate the coas
Astrakhan: the Black Gold
The city of Astrakhan is perhaps one of the most famous in the world for the black caviar production. It lies on the bank of the Volga River about 100 Km from the Caspian Sea. This is the place where 95% of the living wild sturgeon concentrates, including the Beluga sturgeon, a species from which the finest caviar of world is obtained.
When the caviar was part of the daily food, especially for po
Moms for rent
Anand is an Indian town whose name means happiness. In the last few years, it has become the Indian capital city of rental mothers: that is since 2006, when Dr. Nayna Patel, a gynecologist, founded the Akanksha Infertility Clinic, which has been dubbed "the greatest wish clinic". The idea came to Dr. Patel when the mother of one of her patients, a sterile young lady, volunteered to carry the pregn
I ran from Iran
"I started photography when I was 18 years old. At the beginning I worked as a waiter in a restaurant in Sari, in Northern Iran, to earn some money to buy me a camera. In 2005 I began taking pictures for Fars News Agency in Iran after I met its picture editor by chance. I still remember that during that time I hardly knew how cameras worked. While I was shooting for them I used to experiment a lot
I'm Italian, eventually.
Cristian is a young boy who is born from a Colombian mother and an Italian father who didn't acknowledge him. When he turned 18 he was entitled, under the Italian law, to become an Italian citizen. But there was a problem: Cristian is suffering from Down syndrome and this handicap (for this reason his father didn't want to acknowledge him), according to the officials who were dealing with his case
The Delta of Amacuro, eastern Venezuela, is one of the most inhospitable places in the whole world. For the past 8.500 years Warao Indians have turned its 20.000 square kilometers of water canals and swamps into their home. Despite the strong culture impact due to colonialism, Warao people have managed to keep their culture and way of life deeply attached to this environment. Until now.
Those who live along the Napo river - a tributary of the Amazon river in Peruvian territory - pray for one thing: never to get sick.
For the more than 50,000 persons who live in almost completely isolated communities along the 667-km-long Peruvian stretch of the river, even the simplest disease can become a catastrophe: Iquitos, the nearest town with a hospital, is often impossible to reach for t
The Secret History of the Mongols, the oldest literary work written in the Mongolian language, tells how Gengis Khan was able to put under his control more than 30 fighting tribes, and how, once in power, he declared homosexuality immediately illegal in order to attempt to increase the population of his new empire. Today, more than 800 years later, Mongolia is an independent country with the lowes