International photojournalism

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Medjugorje's miracle
A new Vatican commssion will search for true holy events

In 1981 Medjugorje was a poor village of the Socialist Yugoslavia surrounded by low stony hills. It was on one of these hills, the Podbrdo, that on the 24th of June six minors started to claim that they had seen "a female figure with an oval face, black hair and blue eyes": it was the Gospa, the Vir
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Peru
America's biggest pilgrimage

The Ocongate district of Cusco, Peru, is home of the Senor Qoyllur Riti ritual, a religious festival held annually, during the first week of June, in honor of the Senor Qoyllur Riti (a Quechua word for "Star of the snow" or "shining snow"). This is one of the most complex festivals in the world, bot
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Tibet
Nirvana in the middle of nowhere

Ten year ago a highly respected Buddhist master, Achung Lama, settled into a uninhabited valley of eastern Tibet (now the Chinese Sichuan province) to be free to meditate, to build a monastery and spread the teachings of the Buddha. His arrival has soon attracted a growing number of monks and nuns,
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Ethiopia
Macalle, the perfect prison

There's a special prison in Ethiopia from which inmates don't want to escape because it teaches them a profession and it's a perfect model of prison enterprise. In the Macalle jail prisoners sell fruit and fabrics, build houses, bake bread, manage beauty centres and food stores. All this through coo
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Kazakhstan
Energy Island

At around 80 km from the city of Atyrau, right in the middle the Kazakh Caspian Sea, a group of companies has just built an artificial island called 'Isle D', whose only purpose is the extraction of oil and gas from a huge oilfield called Kashagan. Considered one the most important discoveries of th
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Eastern Tibet
Living under China's rule

Living under China's rule after the anti-Chinese riots of 2008-2009, the Tibetan society is going through a phase of deep changes. In Kham, as was called the eastern region of the "greater Tibet" before the invasion of Mao's army (now part of China's Sichuan province), the political and military con
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Italy
The Nicolas. Art savers

The Nicolas are an ancient, renowned family of restorers. They've been active in the field, working on paintings, frescoes and statues, for over 50 years now. In their laboratory in Aramengo some of the most important Italian and international masterpieces have been brought back to life: from Tizian
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Cook Islands
Tropical chic

15 islands scattered over an area of 2 millions square kilometers in the Pacific Ocean. Two groups of atolls separated by 1.200 kms of sea, half way between New Zealand and Hawai. Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Atiu, Mitiaro, Manihiki, are names evoking the quintessential of the Tropics. Voulcanic and coral i
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Kenya
Escape to Mount Kenya

January 1943: three Italian war prisoners led by Felice Benuzzi from Trieste flee from the prison camp 354 of Nanyuki, on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Their aim is to climb the mysterious mountain that stands out beyond the barbed wire, that has become a mere object of desire, a symbol of freedom for
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Kenya
Kung-fu grandma

Some time ago, a myth started to spread among men living in Nairobi's slums: if you rape an elderly woman, you'll live a long life, be protected from bullets in a firefight, and become immune to Aids. As a consequence, the number of sexual assaults against women up to 80 years old (often carried out
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Ethiopia
Great bourgeoisie awakening

"We've been sleeping over the past 30 year, now we are awake", a businessman says sitting in a room at the Nani Building, a skyscraper sponsored by the Saudi billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi. This building is also a symbol for a massive urban expansion that made Addis Ababa one of the most confusing -
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Gabon
Libreville, a dirty African star

Libreville, the seventh most expensive city in the world, is hot, dusty and distressing. More than half of Gabon's population lives here, among shantytowns and open sewers, hoping for a brighter future that is not going to come. However Gabon, the country where the most amazing 'African miracle' has
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United States
Slab City

Since the housing bubble burst, nearly 4 million American homes have been taken from their owners. Slab City is a squatters' camp deep in the badlands of California's poorest county, where the road ends and the sun reigns, about 190 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The vast state-owned property gets
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Italy
The Strait for Unesco?
Calabria and Sicily joined by the Strait of Messina

For once we do not speak about the elusive bridge - mysterious and imaginary - which should link the two cities, but rather about the breaking idea of nominating the entire area between the main Southernmost regions of Italy, to the World Heritage Sites list of the Unesco. The official request will
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Italy
Baranzate multiethnics

A tiny, yet vibrating, melting pot in a small centre about 8 km northwest of Milan. Dozens of families, at least 70 different nationalities, live together peacefully in Baranzate, a commune of 11.000 inhabitants with the highest concentration - 26,5% costantly rising - of immigrants in Italy. This l
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
Hopping Into Tito's Bunker

It was October 1962 and the Cuban missile crisis was about to drag Europe into the nightmare of a global nuclear warfare. Although the Russians decided to dismantle all their atomic weaponry, the Cold War kept going on until the fall of the Communist regimes at the end of the 1980s and all the gover
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International photojournalism