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The Sapeurs of Kinshasa  •  DR Congo

37 images

by Vincent BOISOT

Tartan kilts, skirts, wide-leg pants by Yohji Yamamoto, clothes made in the Congo entirely from paper... the sapeur's wardrobe is resolutely eccentric in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The elegant art of dressing known as SAPE (which stands for the Society of Ambiance-makers and Elegant people) may have started in Brazzaville on the other side of the majestic Congo River, but since arriving in Kinshasa back in the 1960s, it has taken on its own special flavor.

 

AKAMASOA CHILDREN'S DREAMS  •  Madagascar

60 images

by Rijasolo

Father Pedro's 25-year of action.

(From the book "Akamasoa, Rêves d'Enfants", Paris, Editions du Rocher, 2014)

 

FRENCH MUSLIMS  •  FRANCE  •  2011

22 images

by Vincent CAPMAN

From Marseille to Paris and French market towns to urban suburbs. An overview of silent French Muslims tired of having to justify their beliefs.

 

MADAGASCAR, TERMINUS OF THE CYCLONES

35 images

by Rijasolo

Report about consequences of change climates in the South West of Madagascar.

 

One day at the Ofpra (French Office for Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons).  •  Fontenay-sous-Bois

15 images

by Vincent NGUYEN

A day in the headquarter of the OFPRA, the french Office for Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons. 220 eligibility officers worked on more than 64000 asylum requests in 2014. These officers conduct the investigations, the hearing of the asylum seekers and write the decision projects.

 

1st Bamako Fashion Week  •  Mali  •  February 2015

39 images

by Vincent BOISOT

In late February 2015, Bamako hosted its first ever fashion week, an impressive achievement in a war-scarred country. The joyful, family atmosphere championed creators from all over Mali, and many well-known West African labels came to take part and support the latest African fashion week.

 

Honest heroes make up an indigenous police force  •  Mexico  •  2012

33 images

by Pierre-Yves MARZIN

In Mexico, in the State of Guerrero, in the south of the country, the Policia de la Montaña has succeeded in bringing down the rate of crime, thefts, rapes and kidnapping. It has also significantly discouraged drug trafficking. The unofficial police force employs close to 800 policemen, spread over 77 communities, making up for the absence of federal police, very corrupt. The community police relies on a two-year “obligatory service” for all locals, unpaid. More than a simple police force, it’s an unusual justice system grouped into one body: the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities, or CRAC for its Spanish acronym. The justice system is based on re-education rather than punishment.