epa Photo Essays

Disabled Yemeni Akram Abdu al-Shaabi, 28, smiles next to his self-made bicycle of skating shoes at an indoor swimming pool of a sports club in Sana'a, Yemen, 20 September 2018. Akram Abdu al-Shaabi who lost his legs a decade ago in a traffic accident hopes one day to be able to compete in international weightlifting competitions for his country, despite facing a lack of funding. Al-Shaabi migrated to Saudi Arabia at the age of 15, where he found work in the farming sector, but after he was involved in a traffic accident in 2008 and had to have both legs amputated, he returned to his home country where he became suicidal. He decided to move from his hometown in the southern Yemeni province of Taiz, leaving behind his parents and nine siblings, to the capital, Sana'a, where he tried to seek help from government bodies and charities. Since the accident, Yemen has been gripped by what the United Nations has described as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, with over 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid, following uprisings that broke out in 2011. While al-Shaabi didn't manage to find any official assistance, he did meet lots of people, among them his new neighbors, who helped him and with whom he became friends. Al-Shaabi, who used to practice karate before the accident, goes to al-Ahly Sports Club every evening to swim and practice weightlifting. He doesn't pay to use the facilities; the owners waived the fees after learning about his condition. The athlete doesn't like wheelchairs because they hinder his movements, so to combat this feeling he built his own means of getting around using a pair of roller skates. Having won two gold medals in local competitions in 2014 and 2017, he aspires to be able to represent Yemen in international weightlifting championships. EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHAB A Chinese man sleeps on a table for the sliding block puzzle Hua Rong Dao at Hutong neighborhood in Beijing, China, 12 September 2018. In Chinese society street games and other entertainments are an important part of the culture. Everywhere on the streets or parks from mornings until late nights people are seen playing games, dancing or doing other activities. It is easy to spot in the streets of China's capital a mix of different games, from old traditional games to games which had been brought from foreign countries and became famous among Chinese people. EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY

Yemeni Amputee Weightlifter Aspires
to Compete for Nation

Photographer: Yahya Arhab

Chinese Traditional Street Games and Entertainments

Photographer: Roman Pilipey

A biker catches a ferry at the Ferry Terminal to attend the Classic TT Race in the Isle of Man, in Liverpool, Britain, 24 August 2018. Twice a year, motorcycling fans descend on the Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea, for the pure speed and madness of two road races. The Tourist Trophy, commonly known as the TT, runs in June while the Manx Grand Prix, or the Classic TT, takes place in August. Visitors and crew members are used to this as the tradition goes back to the island’s first race over 100 years ago, back in 1907. A certain level of wackiness and lots of talent is required to ride these tortuous roads. Competitors and visitors share the same passion and respect for speed, with some saying it is the ultimate space for freedom, where engines are cherished like god. EPA-EFE/YOAN VALAT Itabashi Pro-Wrestling's Happy Road Man (top) performs a high risk maneuver during a fight at the Happy Road Oyama summer festival in Tokyo, Japan, 25 August 2018. Itabashi Pro-Wrestling is a small promotion formed by Japanese professional wrestler HAYATE in 2014 that uses freelancers that live around Tokyo's Itabashi district to promote the local area. Professional wrestling is a form of sports entertainment derived from Greco-Roman wrestling. As Greco-Roman wrestling is an actual competitive sport, professional wrestling is a form of dramatic, highly physical sports entertainment with predetermined outcomes. The presence of western wrestling superstars in Japan and the influx of American soldiers and culture into the region during the Cold War created an interest in the performance art/sport in Southeast Asia, leading to the eventual creation of Manilla Wrestling Federation in the Philippines, Singapore Professional Wrestling, New Taiwan Entertainment Wrestling and Gatoh Move Professional Wrestling in Thailand. EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON

2018 Classic TT Race in the Isle of Man

Photographer: Yoan Valat

Tights, Lights, and Turnbuckles

Various Photographers

A devotee takes a holy dip at the cold Gosaikunda Lake in Rasuwa district, Nepal, 26 August 2018. The Lake sits 4,380 meters above sea level in Langtang National Park of Rasuwa district and is one of the highest and most visited pilgrimage sites for Hindus who come from Nepal and India. It is believed that taking a holy dip in the cold water of Gosaikunda Lake releases one people from all the sins they have committed. According to Hindu mythology, in the Samudra Manthan legend, poison was released into the world and to save it the God Shiva swallowed it and kept it in his throat. He then thrust his trishul (holy trident) into a mountain to extract water so that he could calm his painful throat. Since then, Hindus believe that Lord Shiva has been sleeping under Gosaikunda. EPA-EFE/NARENDRA SHRESTHA Thai sisters Pan (Charoonroj) and Pin (Charoonphan) Romphoyen sit on a motorcycle riden by her grandmother on their way to school in Nakhon Sawan province, Thailand, 21 August 2018. Thai sisters Pan (Charoonroj) and Pin (Charoonphan) Romphoyen were born joined at the waist, it is difficult for the sisters to stand and walk without assistance, so they have learned to crawl 'crab-like' by using their hands on the ground for support. Pin controls the right foot on her side, while her older sister Pan controls the left foot. Together, they move where they want to go. The twins live with their grandparents in Nakhon Sawan province, some 240km north of Bangkok. Although their bodies are connected, their personalities and looks and likes are different. Pan loves her hair short, Pin always long, just one of the individual tastes the twins have, says Noknoi Pongchamnan, 43, their step-grandmother, who cares for the twins like their mother. EPA-EFE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

Gosaikunda Lake Pilgrimage

Photographer: Narendra Shrestha

Thailand Siamese Twins

Photographer: Rungroj Yongrit