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Socialismo o muerte
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
17 Dec 2016

Cuba, Havana - during the mourning of Fidel Castro a labour remain on the factory reading the News Paper wearing his uniform in centro havana

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Sadness on Havana's streets during th...
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

havana, Cuba,a man seat in front of his house during the days of mourning for Fidel Castro

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Cuban Flag
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

the cuban flag in centro havana during the mourning of Fidel

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Cuban women in her house in Centro Ha...
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Sadness on Havana's streets during the days of mourning for Fidel Castro

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old cars
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

old cars, on in front of the melecon in Havana

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man in front a paint of Cheguevara
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Havana, Cuba - a man stand in front of a Cheguevara paint on the wall during the days of mourning for Fidel Castro

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Yong Cuban student wearing a Chegueva...
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Sadness on Havana's streets during the days of mourning for Fidel Castro

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Cuban young generation dressing a a B...
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Sadness on Havana's streets during the days of mourning for Fidel Castro

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old man in a closed factory Sadness o...
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Cuba, Havana, a old man in a closed factory in Cuba during the mourning of Fidel Castro.

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young student in seat on the stairs o...
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Cuba, Havana, The young generation born during the dictatorship of Castro in Cuba during the days of mourning for Fidel Castro

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Trabajadores News Paper
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Cuba, Havana, a man read the news of the death of the Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro

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the Lonely man
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

A lonely man Pray in a church of Havana centro during the mourning of Fidel Castro

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woman watch the burial of Castro in L...
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Cuba, Havana, a Woman watch on the tv the burial of Fidel Castro

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Santeria
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Cuba, Havana, a man dressed to the Santeria a Afro-cuban religion during the mourning of Fidel Castro

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cuban portrait
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Havana, Cuba, a Woman in her house during the mourning of Fidel castro

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The last tribute
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Cuba, Havana, a man look at the cuban flag and the picture of the comandante Fidel during the mourning days of Fidel

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las tribute
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Cuba, Havana, a woman showing the Cuban Flag inside her house during the days of mourning for the death of the Fidel Castro Ruz

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flower to Fidel
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Cuba, Havana, a woman pay her last tribute offering flowers to the photograph of the comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz

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cuban Bulding
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Sadness on Havana's streets during the days of mourning for Fidel Castro

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no one
Havana
By Illuminati Filmes
16 Dec 2016

Sadness on Havana's streets during the days of mourning for Fidel Castro

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Tunisia against terrorism 02
Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

The World Social Forum's Global March Against Terrorism

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

Agents guarding the front of the Bardo Museum in Tunis protest against terrorism

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A group of Algerian participants proudly wave their county's flag in the Global March Against Terrorism in front of the Bardo Museum

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A group of participants in the Global March Against Terrorism in front of the Bardo Museum

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A group of participants in the Global March Against Terrorism in front of the Bardo Museum

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A team of military police to protect participants in the World Social Forum's Global March Against Terrorism

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Tunisia against terrorism 09
Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

Participants in the march wave a giant flag of Palestine

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Tunisia against terrorism 10
Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

Participants in the march came from many places outside of Tunisia

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A group of participants sings the Tunisian national anthem in the Global March Against Terrorism in front of the Bardo Museum to protest the attack that killed 23 people the previous week. Now, locals and foreigners together clamor for peace.

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A Contemporary Hell: Life Inside a Ba...
Faridpur, Bangladesh
By Miguel Candela
07 Mar 2015

Prostitution in Bangladesh has been legal since the year 2000. However, as Bangladesh is a conservative Muslim country, prostitution carries negative social stigmas. Despite this, severe poverty and economic stagnation have forced women previously employed in other sectors to become prostitutes. Furthermore, many sex workers are underage and child prostitution is rife. Female sex workers are often abused and and always underpaid, earning as little as $0.50 per customer.

However, there is growing awareness among sex workers and they have started to organize themselves in unions. One organization of sex workers is called the “Prostitute Association of Faridfur,” founded in Faridpur district, near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. These associations were formed to establish a “union” among sex workers and protect them from abuse. Despite the face of a unified force in having associations to represent these sex workers, radical Islamic conservatives have openly condemned these women. In 2010, these radicals burned a brothel to the ground. That incident injured two women and left all of the other tenants homeless. 

These photos offer intimate portraits of women who's daily lives consist of abuse and exploitation as they struggle to survive on the fringes of one of the poortest societies on earth. 

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Domestic Workers Face 'Modern Slavery...
Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
01 Mar 2015

320,000 migrant women are exposed to all kinds of physical and psychological abuse in the domestic service sector of Hong Kong. This story is a testimony of their experiences and struggles.

After being repeatedly abused and realizing that her situation would not improve, in a desperate attempt, Kamsiah ran away from her employer's house without money or documentation. Subsequently she was accused of stealing her employer's wallet which was said to contain around 900 US Dollars. Unfortunately, false accusations are a common practice to pressure migrant workers and avoid paying the wages owed to them. Barefooted, without money nor documentation, she sought refuge in a 24-hour fast food restaurant and waited until another compatriot helped her and took her to a shelter.

Esther C. Bangkawayan is the director of Bethune House shelter, where foreign domestic helpers who suffer abuse find shelter, food, and legal advice. They now house about a dozen women in trouble, but at times they even have to squeeze around 20 people in the small house nestled beside a church in Kowloon. A domestic helper herself, Esther is campaigning the government to scrap two rules she deems unfair: one which forbids employees from changing their employers more than three times a year, and another one which doesn’t allow them from changing to work at another sector of the economy.

42 year old filipino domestic helper Grace signed a misleading labour contract to work in Hong Kong but she instead ended up in Dalian, a northeast Chinese city 1,979 km far from Hong Kong. After confronting her employer about the situation, Grace was put into a return flight to Hong Kong without her pending salary and with only 200 RMB in her wallet. Grace has made now a formal complaint against the recruitment agency which made her labour contract. However, she is not very optimistic regarding her chances of recovering the debt of 40,000 pesos she currently has in the Philippines.

Eni Lestari, Indonesian, is the spokesperson for the Justice for Erwiana Committee. A domestic helper herself, she hopes to get justice for one of her compatriots, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, who came to Hong Kong seeking for a better life and future but instead found a form of modern slavery. Erwiana’€™s employers hit her so severely that her brain has sustained irreversible injuries. As a result, she is unable to walk properly and has blurred vision. Her employer punched Erwiana so violently that her teeth cracked. She was sent to Indonesia with her body full of bruises and 8 US dollars in her pocket. Outraged immigrants like Lestari demand now justice and prison for her attackers. The Court has already declared them guilty and sentence is pending.

On Sundays thousands of Indonesian women gather in the streets and public spaces around Hong Kong to take advantage of their only day off. Most take their own food and an umbrella and talk to their friends all day long.

“€œWe barely have any money, so we have to take our lunch from our employer's house and sit in any public space that we can so we can enjoy our leisure time with our friends,”€ said Kamsiah.

To enjoy their free time and to get to know other immigrant workers in Hong Kong, immigrant groups organize activities for the women, such as beauty contests and self-defense classes in Victoria Park.  Persaudaraan Setia Hati Terate Fight Club teaches women to protect themselves from abusive employers.

Not only helping the women get away from the world of domestic work for the little time they have off or boosting their ability to defend themselves, such activities are the only social contact many have; and friends made during Sundays can be of great importance when difficulties arise.

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