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Paris's 'Banlieus' : Ten Years Since ...
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
26 Oct 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. It started here with the death of two boys, in Clichy sous Bois, 15 km from Paris, an economically deprived suburb. Ever since, these suburbs have been the subject of stigma in the press, and in some cases of fear from those residing in central Paris. This collection of photos, shot between 2013 and 2015 shows scenes from everyday life in a few Paris suburbs. Despite being the focus of media attention after the attacks of November 13, 2015 led to a shootout in one near suburb, and mosques where 'radical' Islam is preached being shut down in others, they are - for the most part - normal neighborhoods suffering from a lack of attention from the state, and society at large.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 25
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
26 Oct 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. Cité Karl Marx in the suburb Bobigny. Mai 16, 2006, Bobigny, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 17
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
20 Oct 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. In this suburb, La Courneuve, 5 km from Paris, lower buildings have since 2005 - when the suburbs were on fire - replaced much of the dilapidated high-rise flats. 20 October 2015, La Courneuve, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 18
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
20 Oct 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. Residents from La Courneuve, a suburb at 5 km from Paris, wait for the visit of President Francois Hollande. In the background, the 15-story high apartment complex Mail de Fontenay, part of the so called "4000" complex, flats that have been built here in 1964. 20 October 2015, La Courneuve, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 19
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
20 Oct 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. A boy in La Courneuve watches the crowd during a visit of President Francois Hollande, who was greeted with boos. La Courneuve is 5 km from Paris. 20 October 2015, La Courneuve, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 20
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
19 Oct 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. The flat the "Petit Debussy" is now empty and is one of the last to be demolished. This suburb at 5 km from Paris, was called the "4000" after the four thousand flats that have been built here in 1964. 19 October 2015, La Courneuve, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 21
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
19 Oct 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. Young people in the suburb La Courneuve at 5 km from Paris. They live in the 15 story appartment Mail de Fontenay, part of the "4000" complex, namd after the four thousand flats that have been built here in 1964. 19 October 2015, La Courneuve, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 22
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
19 Apr 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. NESS, a Hip Hop dancer, here seen in the suburb Sevran. 19 April 2015, Sevran France.

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Collapsing Houses in Bangladesh
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
16 Apr 2015

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A two story house made of bamboo and tin collapsed at Hjipara Jheel, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 15, 2015 at 3:30 PM (local time). There were 14 rooms on each floor, and each room was inhabited by an entire family. The rooms were rented for BDT.3, 500 ($44) per month.

The location of the building on a polluted, swampy wetland meant that it was very difficult for people inside the building to survive, as the rubble from the building pushed into the water.

Casualty rates are currently 12 dead and 100 missing.

Locals claim that the main reason of the collapse was lack of a proper foundation. Add to this the fact that the building owner built an additional floor on the building 5 months ago with the aim of increasing profits. Survivors of the collapse said the building began vibrating and shaking in bizarre ways after the second floor was added.

The collapse highlights the problem of shoddy housing in Bangladesh’s heavily impoverished areas. There was no government oversight or intervention to monitor and prevent the construction and habitation of such a poorly constructed building.  The collapse spurred protests from the Bangladesh Communist Party calling on the government to step up regulations on building safety and exploitation of the poor. 

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Building Collapse 01
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

The Bangladesh Communist Party holds a protest after the housing collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 April 2015.

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Building Collapse 02
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Relatives of people missing in the house collapse wait at Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 April 2015.

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Building Collapse 03
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Samia and her mom shortly after being rescued safely from the wreckage of the housing complex April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 04
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A survivor of the housing collapse in his new house. April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 05
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A man still waiting for his missing family members at a temporary house near the collapsed building in Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 06
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A picture floats in the swampy wreckage of the collapsed housing complex April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 07
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A man waits for his missing family members at a temporary house near the collapse housing complex in Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 08
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Firefighters try to rescue the missing people from the collapsed, two story house inHajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The collapse of the house, which was built on swampy ground killed 12 people and more than 100 people are still missing.

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Building Collapse 09
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Firefighters try to rescue the missing people from the collapsed, two story house inHajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The collapse of the house, which was built on swampy ground killed 12 people and more than 100 people are still missing.

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Building Collapse 10
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A remaining tin shed over the Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, after the collapse of a two storied tin and bamboo housing structure.

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Building Collapse 11
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Firefighters try to rescue the missing people from the collapsed, two story house inHajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The collapse of the house, which was built on swampy ground killed 12 people and more than 100 people are still missing.

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Building Collapse 12
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Najrul Islam waits at a temporary shelter for missing family members still trapped inside the collapsed housing structure.

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Building Collapse 13
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

4 year Samia girl was rescued from the rubble of the collapsed housing complex.

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Building Collapse 14
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A man waits for his missing family members after the collapse of two storied tin-shed house in Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 15
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Families gather goods salvaged from the wreckage of the building complex at a temporary shelter.

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Building Collapse 16
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Two women wait at a temporary shelter for their family members still trapped in the wreckage of the collapsed house.

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Building Collapse 17
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Survivors living in a temporary shelter after the house collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 18
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Shefali Begum wails as she mourns the loss of her young son Saiful, who was killed in the housing collapse.

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Building Collapse 19
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A man is showing his stitched hand after he was injured in the housing collapse.

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Building Collapse 20
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Sisters Rubina & Asha lost everything in the bulding collapse. Now they wonder how they will start all over again.

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Building Collapse 21
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Remaining tin sheds over the Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 April 2015 after the collapse of two storied tin and bamboo housing structure.

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Building Collapse 22
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Survivors of the building collapse take refuge in makeshift shelters as the rescue and salvage mission continues.

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Building Collapse 23
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Khalil (L) and Arif (R) in disbelief after the death of Saiful, a young boy in their family.

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Building Collapse 24
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A rescued goat stands on some bricks after being salvaged from the wreckage of the collapsed housing project.

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Building Collapse 25
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Firefighters try to rescue the missing people from the collapsed, two story house inHajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The collapse of the house, which was built on swampy ground killed 12 people and more than 100 people are still missing.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 01
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. It started here with the death of two boys, in Clichy sous Bois, 15 km from Paris, an economically deprived suburb. Housing complex Chene Pointu is one of the most dilapidated apartment complexes in France, only here the poor can rent an appartment without questions asked. 22 January 2015, Clichy sous Bois, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 02
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005 riots broke out in the French suburbs. It started here with the death of two boys, in Clichy sous Bois, 15 km from Paris, an economically deprived suburb. Housing complex Chene Pointu is one of the most dilapidated apartment complexes in France, only here the poor can rent an appartment without questions asked. 22 January 2015, Clichy sous Bois, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 05
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. It started here with the death of two boys, in Clichy sous Bois, 15 km from Paris, an economically deprived suburb. Letter boxes in the housing complex Chene Pointu. 22 January 2015, Clichy-sous-Bois, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 08
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005 riots broke out in the French suburbs. It started here with the death of two boys, in Clichy sous Bois, 15 km from Paris, an economically deprived suburb. The building of a new police station was one of the measures taken after the riots. 22 January 2015, Clichy sous Bois, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 09
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005 riots broke out in the French suburbs. It started here with the death of two boys, in Clichy-sous-Bois, 15 km from Paris, an economically deprived suburb. Keita Konate 23 years and her baby Asa 8 month. The family rents one room of 9 m2 for 450 euros a month. 22 January 2015, Clichy sous Bois, France.

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 11
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005 riots broke out in the French suburbs. It started here with the death of two boys, in Clichy sous Bois, 15 km from Paris, an economically deprived suburb. Mother and child during the midday school break. 22 January 2015, Clichy sous Bois, France.