Sopheap Pich in his studio.
Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich at his studio in Phnom Penh. He uses rattan and bambo to create sculptures representing various aspects of Khmer life. Sopheap grew up in Massachusetts, USA, before returning to Phnom Penh several years ago to continue his artist career. He is now one of the most successful Cambodian artists of his generation having been exhibited in solo shows in New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai..
Krungsi Bank shoot.
Krungsi Bank shoot.
Salt of the Earth
A salt worker holds a huge slab of salt she pulled out of Lake Katwe in Western Uganda. The lake sits in an extinct volcano and the salt forms at the bottom of the lake where it must be broken in to manageable sized pieces and brought to the surface. Full of pollutants and blistering heat makes working in the lake very hard.
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Jintana Kaew-Kao, the leader of Natural Preservation Network of Bo Nok and Hin Krud in Prajuab Kirikhan province. Here she sits in the exact place where a coal factory was going to be built until she led a successful lawsuit against the power company.
Isatou Ceesay - The Queen of Waste Plastic
Isatou Ceesay stands at a waste dump in the town of Birkama. Mrs Ceesay founded the Women's Initiative Gambia in 1997. The organisation works with communities across the tiny west African state to address not only the environmental impact of unregulated waste disposal, particularly plastic, but also the empowerment of women in the make dominated society. Over one hundred women are now involved in Isatou's project.
Krungsi Bank shoot.
Krungsi Bank shoot.
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Chef Gaggan Anand, originally from Calcutta, in his restaurant Gaggan which specialises in progressive Indian cuisine.
Arylene Tescon.
Arylene Tescon.
Thailand's Murdered and Abducted Activists and Human Rights Defenders
Mr Ari Songkraw, the vice-President of the Pha Tom Num Conservation Association was shot dead in a rubber plantation on 30 December 1999, in Kanchanadit, Surat Thani Province. He was trying to protect the forest from illegal logging.
Village of the Freed
A mother and daughter, recently rescued by the NGO, temperarily sleep in a tent until they have time and money to built a solid house. Following the release of the Global Slavery Index by the Walk Free Foundation Pakistan is ranked 3rd worse in the world behind India and China. The Asian Development Bank estimates some 1.8 million people are slaves in Pakistan yet other estimates reach up to 4 million people, most of which toil year after year in brick kilns or sugar cane plantations. Their stories are the same; they have no-where to turn so they borrow money from a land-owner for a medical emergency or marriage dowry. The landlords pay in return for work, their labour supposed to be taken off the amount borrowed. Yet after years of no salary incredibly their amount owed is often quadrupled, the excuse being the amount they cost to feed! Many are chained, abused, raped and even killed.For years they had no where to run, no one to help but now a small local NGO called the Green Development Rural Organisation (GDRO) works to free bonded-slaves by using the law against their captives. Yet, often freed slaves end up right back where they were or risk being hunted by the landowner and forced to return. So GRDO started building villages so slaves who escape or are freed have somewhere safe to go. It now has two, whose names translate from Urdu as 'Village of the Freed' and 'Village of the Courageous', and is working on a 3rd. The land is bought and allocated to freed slave families where they can built a house and start again. Without such help the vicious cycle would continue.
Krungsi Bank Annual Report shots.
Krungsi Bank Annual Report shots.
Isatou Ceesay - The Queen of Waste Plastic
Isatou Ceesay stands at a waste dump in the town of Birkama. Mrs Ceesay founded the Women's Initiative Gambia in 1997. The organisation works with communities across the tiny west African state to address not only the environmental impact of unregulated waste disposal, particularly plastic, but also the empowerment of women in the make dominated society. Over one hundred women are now involved in Isatou's project.
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6 September 2006 - Yunnan Province, China - n a remote village, this Tibetan man stands in the doorway of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery holding a hand-made rifle. He is the temple keeper and the weapon, amongst other guns and swords, were handed in several decades ago by the local villagers. In the name of renouncing violence in this wild-frontier area and to mark an end to village rivalry, local villagers gave all their weapons to the monastery for safe keeping. Photo credit: Luke Duggleby
Thailand's Murdered and Abducted Activists and Human Rights Defenders
Ms. Montha Chukaew, aged 54, and Ms. Pranee Boonrat, aged 50, were shot and killed while they were on their way to a local market on the 19 November 2012. They were members of the Southern Peasants’ Federation of Thailand (SPFT). The SPFT is a landless peasants’ network formed in 2008 campaigning for the right to agricultural land in the Khlong Sai Pattana community, Chaiburi district, Surat Thani province. The bodies of the women HRDs were mutilated by the gunmen, to intimidate the community further.
The Maniq of Southern Thailand
The Maniq of Southern Thailand
The Maniq of Southern Thailand
The Maniq of Southern Thailand
Thailand's Murdered and Abducted Activists and Human Rights Defenders
Mr Singthong Puttachan was shot dead in his shop on 8 September 2011 in Wiang Chai District of Chiang Rai Province. He was a member of a community opposing the construction of a power plant next to their village.