epa Photo Essays

A shadow is casted from one of the players during a training session in Mandaluyong City, east of Manila, Philippines, 06 May 2018. The Philippines team composed of nine girls is participating in the 2018 Street Child World Cup in Moscow, Russia from 10 to 18 May. The Street Child World Cup is held every four years prior to the FIFA World Cup, with the aim to raise awareness and removing the negative perception of street children around the world. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO An ethnic Uighur man works in a meat stall in Urumqi city, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Province, China, 16 November 2017. Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority group in China, make up about 40 percent of the 21.8 million people in Xinjiang, a vast, ethnically divided region that borders Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia. Xinjiang has long been subjected to separatists unrests and violent terrorist attacks blamed by authorities on Islamist extremism while human rights groups say Chinese repression on religious rights, culture and freedom of movement caused undue tensions. Life however goes on under the watchful eye of the government for the ethnic Uighurs living in the city of Urumqi and surrounding areas. EPA-EFE/HOW HWEE YOUNG

Giving Back to the Community
The Philippines Street Child World Cup Team

Photographer: Mark R. Cristino

Uighur Daily Life in Xinjiang

Photographer: How Hwee Young

Foreign guests drink during a party at the Mansion in Shanghai, China, early 22 April 2018. Shanghai Mansion, located far from the Shanghai's downtown in a quiet neighborhood with private houses around, is a kind of free hostel during weekdays and a club at weekends. People are surprised when hearing about the Mansion in China as it is more imaginable to spot this kind of places in some of the European cities like Berlin or Amsterdam. The Mansion has become home for many Chinese and foreign people and completely changed lives for some of them. EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY A gate is secured by a chain as it protects the front door of a house in the lower class area of Brixton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 February 2018. Millions of South Africans live behind bars, separated from society and dehumanized by the criminals. The crime wave that has hit the country affects citizens from all walks of life, income groups and areas. Criminals do not discriminate when it comes to choosing their victims. The most feared crime in the country is house break-ins. Thus, 50 percent of households have taken to adding security measures and hiring private security companies to patrol the streets. These companies are now worth 45 billion ZAR (3.7 billion US dollars) per year and employ 490,000 people. By comparison, there are only 195,000 officers in the South African police force. It has become rare in many suburbs of the major cities to see anyone outside their homes and in the streets. Most live behind high walls and bars, separated from each other over this fear caused by crime. In 2016/17, 22,343 house robberies were recorded in South Africa. On average, 61.2 households were robbed each day, according to data from the Africa Check fact-checking organization. The house robbery rate increased from 37.9 per 100,000 people in 2015/16 to 40 in 2016/17. EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

Shanghai Mansion

Photographer: Roman Pilipey

Living Behind Bars

Photographer: Kim Ludbrook

A man (R) walks next to a matatu painted with graffiti portraits of musicians as the crew wait for passengers at night in the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, 23 March 2018. The Matatu culture is very big in Kenya, the minibuses are decorated with colorful graffiti inside and outside and most of them are equipped with tv screens, high-speed internet, and power sockets. The word matatu is a Swahili term meaning Tunisian dancer and choreographer Rochdi Belgasmi performs a Tunisian popular dance in the Roman ruins of Carthage in Tunis, Tunisia, 27 March 2018. Belgasmi, 31, has been striving to push Tunisian popular dance into the contemporary art scene for the past seven years, since the Jasmine Revolution in January 2011. His topics of interest are often controversial, and can include eroticism and sexuality in Islam, as well as prostitution, provoking reactions from conservative and religious groups. For the choreographer, body language is key and he aims to spread his values of tolerance and freedom. EPA-EFE/MOHAMED MESSARA

Matatu Culture in Kenya

Photographer: Daniel Irungu

Tunisian Dancer Rochdi Belgasmi

Photographer: Mohamed Messara