epa Photo Essays

A sink and bathtub in the dilapidated Ducor Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia 02 October 2017. The Ducor Hotel was once the most prominent hotel in Africa. It was built by Israeli builder Moshe Mayer in 1960 on the highest point of Monrovia. The hotel closed in 1989. It was the first 5-star hotel in Africa. Frequented by politicians, diplomats and business people from across the continent and abroad the hotel was a shinning example of the prosperous years in West Africa at the time. It hosted many important meetings between African leaders. Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is said to have swum in its pool while carrying his gun.The hotel was used by former Liberian president Charles Taylor's fighters as a firing position due to its vantage point on the highest hill in Monrovia during the siege of Monrovia by rebel forces in 2003. Since then thick tropical vegetation surrounding it has invaded every crevice, corner and floor of the deserted art deco styled landmark. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA A car rolls south along the Dalton Highway near Coldfoot, Alaska, USA, 03 September 2017. Stretching 414 miles (666 kilometers) north from central Alaska to Prudhoe Bay, the Dalton Highway is one of America's northernmost roads and arguably its most remote. Built as a supply road for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the Dalton was opened to public use in 1981. Largely gravel and littered with potholes, a round-trip drive takes four days. Though it still offers few facilities and no radio, cell service, or internet the Haul Road, as it is often called, rewards its rare visitors with spectacular Arctic scenery. EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO

Dilapidated Ducor Hotel

Photographer: Nic Bothma

The Dalton Highway, America's Loneliest Road

Photographer: Jim Lo Scalzo

A three-years-old White male Rhino Wasinda stands alone in a boma with a temporary hid covering his open wounds prior to being treated by Saving the Survivors vets at a private game farm in the Free State Province, Clocolan, South Africa, 19 September 2017. Wasinda, Zulu for 'Survivor' was poached two days earlier and had both his horns hacked off by a saw. After a closer examination it appears he was shot two times to the head by a 375 rifle with both shots traveling through his head. Most concerning for the vets was that Wasinda may have been blinded by the incident. South Africa has the world's largest population of Rhinos in the world. However over the past nine years a staggering 6,115 rhinos have been killed by poachers seeking their horns for sale to the lucrative traditional healing market in the Far East. In a ground-breaking and world-leading initiative, Dr Marias and Dr Glyphis from 'Saving the Survivors' race to injured and poached Rhinos once they have been called by conservation groups or private rhino owners in an attempt to save the animals and heal their often horrifying open wounds. EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK Polar bears gather on a barrier island after feasting on the remains of a bowhead whale, harvested legally by whalers during their annual subsistence hunt, just outside the Inupiat village of Kaktovik, Alaska, USA, 11 September 2017. As climate change shrinks their natural habitat, polar bears are turning Kaktovik into their very own sanctuary city. EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO

South Africa Saving the Survivors
Rhino Poaching

Photographer: Kim Ludbrook

Threatened Polar Bears Find Sanctuary
in Alaskan Village

Photographer: Jim Lo Scalzo

A nurse checks in new patients after they arrived from a local hospital at the depot where the Lifeline Express hospital train is parked in Baishan city of Jilin Province, China, 30 August 2017. In the small prefecture city of Baishan in Jilin province of northeastern China, a small team of doctors and nurses living on a rainbow colored train, is literally returning the gift of sight to hundreds of patients from the surrounding region for the past two months. It is one of four hospital trains called the Lifeline Express that have been chugging through the remote countrysides of China for the past twenty years to perform free cataract surgeries for thousands of patients from poverty stricken areas. Inspired by a similar project in India, the non-profit organisation started in Hong Kong and has since became part of a national health care program with opthalmologists and medical staff volunteering from major hospitals in Beijing and other cities. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), China accounts for about 18 percent of the world's blind, the largest number of blind people in the world at around five million. Cataracts is thought to be the principal cause of blindness in China, a condition that refers to a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye and is normally linked to aging. It is responsible for half the country's blind and around 400,000 people become completely blind from the disease each year. The country has recently announced in August plans to provide free treatment for all cataract patients living in poverty. EPA-EFE/HOW HWEE YOUNG Safal Pokhrel takes a shower after shaving his head during a full moon day in Gurukul’s premise in Kathmandu, Nepal, 27 July 2017. Once a month, in the auspicious day of full moon, the students must shave their head since they believe that by shaving the hair they are free from the sins. A temple in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu is home to one of the world’s oldest Sanskrit schools. Located within Pashupati Temple and founded in 2040 BS (Nepali Year Calendar), 34 years ago, Shree Bhagwat Sanyash Ashram and Gurukul School and hostel is funded by the donations of Hindu followers. The school was established to practice and preserve the Sanskrit Dharma-shastra. Sanskrit is the main holy language in Hinduism and Dharma-shastras are Hindu scriptures teaching the rules of social behavior. EPA-EFE/NARENDRA SHRESTHA

China Lifeline Express

Photographer: How Hwee Young

Sanskrit Gurukul

Photographer: Narendra Shrestha