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By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Jazell Barbie Royale from the USA was crowned 'Miss International Queen 2019' in Pattaya, Thailand, on March 8. This yearly event is considered as one of the world's biggest and most popular beauty pageant for transgender women. 20 contestants from around the world competed for the crown this year taking part in various rounds, including the national costume performance. Thailand's contestant Kanwara Kaewjin and Yaya of China were named first and second runner-up, respectively. This well-known pageant was launched in 2014 as a platform for trans women to display their talent and to raise understanding and acceptance of transgender people. While they all fiercely compete to win the title of Miss International Queen, the event also brings trans women together and offers them an opportunity to speak out for transgender equality. The contestants come from different backgrounds, but they all share similar stories of both discrimination and achievement over their identities.

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Pattaya
By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Van from Japan does her makeup backstage as she prepares to compete with 20 other transgender women at the Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Contestants wait for their turn to talk with the Jury during the Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Adriana Jya of Peru after talking with the Jury during the Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

A traditional costume from Peru during the national costume round at the Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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Pattaya
By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Contestants wear traditional costumes with an innovative touch for the national costume round at Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Contestants backstage during the Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

A contestant gets ready backstage as she prepares for the final round of Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Contestants wait for their turn to talk with the Jury during the Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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Pattaya
By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

A contestant gets ready backstage during the Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

A contestant gets ready backstage during the Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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Pattaya
By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Rafaela Manfrini of Brazil adds the finishing touches to her makeup backstage during the celebration of Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019

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Pattaya
By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Jazell Barbie Royale of USA poses for the cameras after getting her makeup done. Jazell was crowned 'Miss International Queen 2019'.

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By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Contestants backstage during the Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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Pattaya
By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Jazell Barbie Royale from the USA was crowned 'Miss International Queen 2019' in Pattaya, Thailand, on March 8. This yearly event is considered as one of the world's biggest and most popular beauty pageant for transgender women. 20 contestants from around the world competed for the crown this year taking part in various rounds, including the national costume performance. Thailand's contestant Kanwara Kaewjin and Yaya of China were named first and second runner-up, respectively. This well-known pageant was launched in 2014 as a platform for trans women to display their talent and to raise understanding and acceptance of transgender people. While they all fiercely compete to win the title of Miss International Queen, the event also brings trans women together and offers them an opportunity to speak out for transgender equality. The contestants come from different backgrounds, but they all share similar stories of both discrimination and achievement over their identities.

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By Biel Calderon
07 Mar 2019

Do Nhat Ha from Vietnam during the national costume round at Miss International Queen 2019, an annual transgender beauty pageant celebrated in Pattaya on March 8, 2019.

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38 years, 6000 students, Meet Ghazala...
islamabad
By The Centrum Media
19 Dec 2018

38 years, 6000 students, Meet Ghazala Bangash, the oldest female driving instructor in Pakistan.

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Hepatitis C
Islamabad
By The Centrum Media
25 Jul 2018

Our global access programs have helped more than 1.7 million people in developing countries access hepatitis C treatment. In countries like Pakistan, which has the second-highest burden of HCV in the world, we are implementing a first-of-its-kind program that will allow local production of authorized generic versions of our HCV medicines to help ensure people can access them at the lowest cost possible.

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Pakistan's Populist Imran Khan: Cross...
Islamabad
By The Centrum Media
17 Jan 2018

Imran Garda travels to Pakistan to meet the country’s leading opposition leader, Imran Khan (Current PM), and to explore its rich and at times turbulent democracy.

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Prov. du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
08 Sep 2017

You are confusing the circulatory system with this maze of meandering, twisted like cells of the brain – wire meshes and tangles, resemble memory – each with a story to hide or to be dissolved, there just behind a gauze suspended between the face and the hanging ceiling, hanging between the faces and walls.
You do not know if they are roots or hair those that sink in water, and in the sky – in the sky from where the water is more than any imagined Africa.

The sky of thick foliage, of dry logs as your crosses and you do not know if they are branches or knots of hair braiding those who see blacks under the smoky clouds. There are more signs on the ground and more signs on the water that on the blackboard, which does not pass the history of your steps, but one of the steps of foreigners on your land.

A whirlpool in the lazy river as you sleep. A run in the tall grass, cutting edges. A jump and a heavy bag on your head, the water reflects other water and the tree grows from your shoulders, soon broken up by life that your father has left the crooked stick.

This is a Story
As every story, it’s made by Moments, Instants, People, Places.
Different but indissolubly tied together by invisible and indivisible light threads.
It’s not a tale of Africa but it’s a story of Men, or of a single Man.
It’s the tale of a centuries-old Tree with its roots - the wrinkled and strong arms of an old lady- searching for life in the depths of the river.
It’s the story of a Woman who stretches the same roots to the sky as if to contrast a law of nature.

In Africa there’s nothing that doesn’t come into being from the earth and nothing that’s not raised towards the sky that dominates everything.
It’s the tale of a River that flows for thousands of years in a land that’s fighting for his identity for a thousands of years.
It’s the same River that carries along life and death, the end and the beginning. 
A River able to nurture, a River able to kill.

It’s the tale of many Men leaving in search of something that doesn’t have a name yet.

It’s the tale of a Color in which all the colors are alike, the story of an escape towards places so far away, drawn in a map by Red Soil and where all the paths come together.

It’s the tale of a Red Soil that stains your feet and goes inside you
It goes deep into your blood and fires it up.

And it’s useless to wash your body in the river at the end of the day: the Red Soil has left a mark on everything you have and everything you are. 
It’s the tale of a Disease without a cure.
It’s the tale of a Rain that comes from the silence of a blue sky and with a din fills the buckets of the village.
It’s the tale of many other Tales.
It's the story of those who live and consume that Land.
It’s the story of who has being worn out by that Land.
And it’s also the tale of a Mondele, a White Man.
A tale of the moment in which he asked to himself: “What if I was born here?
And then he understood the only possible answer: “I am Africa”.

 

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Boxing Girl
Islamabad
By The Centrum Media
18 Jul 2017

Pakistans only female boxing club in Karachi.

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The road that links China and Pakista...
Islamabad
By The Centrum Media
28 Jun 2017

BC Dangerous Borders A Journey Across India and Pakistan

Journalists Babita Sharma and Adnan Sarwar are beginning their epic journey along the still-contentious border that divides India and Pakistan. 70 years after the Partition of India and the creation of Pakistan, the pair are travelling either side of the 2,000-mile border to discover the realities of the lives there. Beginning in Adipur, which started life as a refugee camp for Hindus fleeing the newly created Muslim state of Pakistan, Babita discovers a town which now intriguingly hosts the only Charlie Chaplin festival in the world. Gandhi, who was born here in Gujarat, met Chaplin in Britain in 1931, and the memory of this unlikely friendship is kept alive today by this event.
On the other side of the border, Adnan explores the cultural life of the metropolis of Karachi. Creatives are often at the forefront of social change, whether through art which questions social norms or fashion, which is creating a role for itself on the 21st-century international catwalk. Women in both countries are challenging how they have been traditionally constrained, from the women bikers who Babita meets in India to the female artist in Pakistan who asks potentially dangerous questions about female sexuality and a young woman who believes that she will win Pakistan's first gold Olympic medal for boxing.
Adnan also meets members of the Sheedis, a little-known African community who have lived on the Indian subcontinent for over 800 years and who are now fighting discrimination in Pakistan. Babita travels north into the salt flats of the Rann of Kutch, whose residents are held back by the caste system. Here, lives have barely changed since partition and there seems little will to make these people's lives better.
The journeys both end in the mighty Thar Desert, which was split between the two countries and which has been the scene of conflict as recently at 1999. Whether Indian or Pakistani, this is a virtually uncrossable border. Partition left searing scars and divided families that, 70 years later, are still not reconciled.

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Divas of Karachi
Karachi
By The Centrum Media
06 Jun 2017

The first episode of Divas of Karachi introduces a group of fashionable, successful socialites in Pakistan who are doing all they can to change the image of their hometown, Karachi, the 4th largest city in the world.

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Meet Pakistan’s first transgender RJ ...
Islamabad
By The Centrum Media
31 Mar 2017

Meet Pakistan’s first transgender RJ Kashish, who is changing prevailing perceptions about her community through a Radio program.

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Wedding in Palestine
Bethlehem
By Andrea Falletta
23 Mar 2017

Wedding in Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine, a young couple get married in a traditional way in Palestine territory.

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Bacolod
By Ralf Falbe
02 Jun 2016

A wild bunch of Tricycle Drivers is living in their vehicels in front of the Bacolod Pension in Bacolod, Negros, Philippines. Some are just back from Jail, some are smoking shabu and all are tattooed. They call themselves KAWAYAN BOYS and live in their gang like a family.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
13 May 2016

Despite the prison is self-managed, security and administrative management of the prison entrusted to the police. In the pyramid of the prison system, at the back of the interior minister and the director of the penitentiary department there is the colonel-in-chief, the only one who actually lives in the building and, in fact, represents the Bolivian government within the walls of San Pedro. Often they are interviewed by journalist and videomaker and, with same frequency, they are replaced by their superiors.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
10 May 2016

In each section are placed some pay phones equipped with metered and managed by one or more inmates, required to pay the good section of the revenues. The phone, controlled by the police prison, should be the only system of communication with the outside. In truth, most of the prisoners own a mobile phone with which it can continue to manage relationships with the outside and, if they did, their illicit activities, unaware of the police.

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La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
10 May 2016

Section Pinos, which owes its name to a large tree in the middle of his small yard, holds two restaurants, two bars, a soccer field, a billiard room and a study room, now it used as a copy shop. The lack of accommodation available in the prison, because of overcrowding, led prisoners to set up makeshift shelters practically anywhere: attics, stairs and gaps have thus become housing for one or more people, sometimes entire families.

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La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
05 May 2016

The monoblock of Palmar, although it is a collective dormitory, it is equipped with a TV and three electric hot-plates. Television, inside the prison, is a faithful mate of life for the majority of the prisoners and it continues to remain on even when no one looks.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
05 May 2016

Visits inside the prison are allowed for most days of the week and like everything inside the prison are by payment.Visitors are allowed to spend the entire day inside and through an additional payment, even to stay overnight.Who does not receive visits can always reach his loved ones through the inevitable phone, only prohibited on paper and for which refills are sold in many commercial activities managed by the prisoners.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
05 May 2016

The roofs of the prison, which are accessed by some cells of the last floor moving a sheet resting on the beams, are used for a variety of activities:drying foods,sunbathing,smoking outdoors and drying clothes . Of this late activity are occupied the mostly of poorest prisoners who, after washing clothes, bedding and mattresses for other companions; they venture on to the rickety sheet metal roofing at about 10 meters above the ground, seriously endangering their lives, to earn only a few pesos.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
04 May 2016

Within a niche carved into the wall and protected by a wooden structure, a television with a powerful sound system it offers a little ‘entertainment to the prisoners, in the yard of Palmar section. Often some viewers are not part of the section but, despite being prohibited, there is a tacit tolerance and shared.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
29 Apr 2016

Marco, a young twenty year old with a long interval between the recovery community and juvenile prison dreams, as a free man, a future in hip hop music. habitual consumer of alcohol and drugs of all kinds, he wrote his lyrics mostly in prison, where he finds every day a lot of ideas, including the conditions of the detainees and their adventures before his arrest. It is more inspired by Latin American artists and Cypress Hill.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
25 Apr 2016

Among the many commercial and craft activities there is a dressmaker’s workroom manage by 3 three prisoners, which shall make garments both for the prisoners themselves than for external institutions and associations. Genaro, the head of the workshop, he learned to be a tailor in prison and dreams, as a free man, to open his own workshop. In his past, for years, he had always dealt with the cocaine refining process in the Bolivian jungle and he had never done work legally paid.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
21 Apr 2016

In addition to the shelters and individual cells, there are also common dormitories, arranged to accommodate a larger number of prisoners, because the rent of a single cell is quite expensive and many can not afford it.To convict it is given a bed, a personal locker and the possibility to use the common warming. So, without any rehabilitative logic, prisoners in preventive detention, young thieves and small-time dealers must live side by side with murderers, rapists and drug traffickers.