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Child Labour in Our World
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
11 Jun 2015

It may sound like old news to some, but one of the scary realities of our world is that some of the biggest problems facing humanity occur without explosions, protests, or big news headlines. Often, those who suffer the most suffer in silence, far away from the eyes of news cameras and the international community.

Child Labour is one of those problems that passes largely unnoticed. All over the world, across cultural, social, and religious divides, child labour persists. Sometimes it occurs as the simple act of a well-intended parent taking their child to work in the farm fields by their side. Other times, it is malicious factory owners using children as cheap labour in their factory, where they are abused and underpaid.

What makes the issue more complicated is that child labour can occur in front of our eyes, without us noticing. Sometimes understanding child labour is understanding what is not visible to us. It is understanding that a working child is not attending school, that a working child is malnourished, and that a working child is physically and psychologically abused. The difference between a child helping their mother in the family shop and child exploitation could be the simple question of whether or not the child’s work is preventing them from attending school. The line can sometimes be fine and other times glaring.

At Transterra Media, our contributors have documented child labour around the world for years, from the brick factories of Bangladesh, to the garbage piles of Cambodia, and the car repair shops of Syria. Our contributors have shed a small amount of light on a massive issue that the world is still trying to address.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Sep 2014

Jogodish Borua, 65, lost his land and his house to river erosion.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Sep 2014

Abdul Aziz, who lost his home to erosion along the banks of the river, takes a bath in the Padma.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Sep 2014

A fisherman and a local villager cross paths on the banks of the river Padma.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Sep 2014

The situation is especially severe for children. A woman and child have been displaced along with other members of their neighborhood who also lost their homes.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Sep 2014

A man walks through the ruins of a house damaged by river erosion.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Sep 2014

A boy plays on the banks of the river Padma in a spot where there once sat family homes.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
24 Aug 2014

People who lost their homes set up makeshift shelters along the river.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
24 Aug 2014

Rising water levels on the river Padma in Bangladesh threaten homes and put inhabitants of the river basin at risk.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
24 Aug 2014

When the Padma river rises, erosion becomes a serious problem for the community living on the river. At the same time, waste littering the earth pollutes the water.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
24 Aug 2014

Houses sit near the banks of the river Padma in Bangladesh.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
24 Aug 2014

Flooding and erosion along the Padma river in Bangladesh has resulted in many people losing their homes and their land.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
24 Aug 2014

People are sometimes forces to move their houses to another place out of the path of river erosion.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
24 Aug 2014

A family made homeless by erosion and flooding along the Padma River dry cloth on the riverbank.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
28 Jun 2014

Rohim Shekh, 72, walks through an area devastated by Cyclone Aila in 2007. He was displaced by the Cyclone, which many now see as a result of climate change.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
28 Jun 2014

This community was devastated by cyclones Aila in 2007 and Sidr in 2009. People here still face hardships from these catastrophic events, some of them traveling miles for fresh water.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
28 Jun 2014

This community was devastated by cyclones Aila in 2007 and Sidr in 2009. People here still face hardships from these catastrophic events, some of them traveling miles for fresh water.

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#GlobalNoise, Barcelona (2 of 10)
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
13 Oct 2012

Barcelona, Spain - Noisemaking protest against payment of public debt.
Thousands of "outraged" people responded to the call of the 13-O #Globalnoise rally in Barcelona Saturday, driven by the 15-M Occupy Wall Street movement. The protest, of which several were held simultaneously in over 30 countries and hundreds of cities around the world, were staged to voice rejection of payment of public debt, which is said to be "illegitimate and only benefits the finical powers." The protest started in the Plaza de Catalonia with demonstrators banging pots and pans to make noise, and continued through the streets of Barcelona, under the slogan, "We must not, do not pay."

Protesta y cacerolada global contra el pago de la deuda pública.
Miles de personas 'indignadas' se suman a la convocatoria del 13-O en Barcelona.
Barcelona, España - Miles de personas han participado este sábado por la tarde el centro de Barcelona a la protesta global 13-O # Globalnoise, impulsada por el movimiento de indignados del 15-M y Ocupamos Wall Street. La convocatoria, simultánea en más de 30 países y en cientos de ciudades de todo el mundo para mostrar el rechazo al pago de la deuda pública "ilegítima y que sólo beneficia al poder financiero": Se ha iniciado la protesta con una cacerolada en la plaza de Catalunya y a continuacion se han manifestado por las calles de Barcelona bajo el lema “No debemos, no pagamos”.

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#GlobalNoise, Barcelona (3 of 10)
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
13 Oct 2012

"Its not a crisis, its capitalism" Barcelona, Spain - Noisemaking protest against payment of public debt.
Thousands of "outraged" people responded to the call of the 13-O #Globalnoise rally in Barcelona Saturday, driven by the 15-M Occupy Wall Street movement. The protest, of which several were held simultaneously in over 30 countries and hundreds of cities around the world, were staged to voice rejection of payment of public debt, which is said to be "illegitimate and only benefits the finical powers." The protest started in the Plaza de Catalonia with demonstrators banging pots and pans to make noise, and continued through the streets of Barcelona, under the slogan, "We must not, do not pay."

Protesta y cacerolada global contra el pago de la deuda pública.
Miles de personas 'indignadas' se suman a la convocatoria del 13-O en Barcelona.
Barcelona, España - Miles de personas han participado este sábado por la tarde el centro de Barcelona a la protesta global 13-O # Globalnoise, impulsada por el movimiento de indignados del 15-M y Ocupamos Wall Street. La convocatoria, simultánea en más de 30 países y en cientos de ciudades de todo el mundo para mostrar el rechazo al pago de la deuda pública "ilegítima y que sólo beneficia al poder financiero": Se ha iniciado la protesta con una cacerolada en la plaza de Catalunya y a continuacion se han manifestado por las calles de Barcelona bajo el lema “No debemos, no pagamos”.

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#GlobalNoise, Barcelona (4 of 10)
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
13 Oct 2012

Barcelona, Spain - Noisemaking protest against payment of public debt.
Thousands of "outraged" people responded to the call of the 13-O #Globalnoise rally in Barcelona Saturday, driven by the 15-M Occupy Wall Street movement. The protest, of which several were held simultaneously in over 30 countries and hundreds of cities around the world, were staged to voice rejection of payment of public debt, which is said to be "illegitimate and only benefits the finical powers." The protest started in the Plaza de Catalonia with demonstrators banging pots and pans to make noise, and continued through the streets of Barcelona, under the slogan, "We must not, do not pay."

Protesta y cacerolada global contra el pago de la deuda pública.
Miles de personas 'indignadas' se suman a la convocatoria del 13-O en Barcelona.
Barcelona, España - Miles de personas han participado este sábado por la tarde el centro de Barcelona a la protesta global 13-O # Globalnoise, impulsada por el movimiento de indignados del 15-M y Ocupamos Wall Street. La convocatoria, simultánea en más de 30 países y en cientos de ciudades de todo el mundo para mostrar el rechazo al pago de la deuda pública "ilegítima y que sólo beneficia al poder financiero": Se ha iniciado la protesta con una cacerolada en la plaza de Catalunya y a continuacion se han manifestado por las calles de Barcelona bajo el lema “No debemos, no pagamos”.

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#GlobalNoise, Barcelona (5 of 10)
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
13 Oct 2012

Barcelona, Spain - Noisemaking protest against payment of public debt.
Thousands of "outraged" people responded to the call of the 13-O #Globalnoise rally in Barcelona Saturday, driven by the 15-M Occupy Wall Street movement. The protest, of which several were held simultaneously in over 30 countries and hundreds of cities around the world, were staged to voice rejection of payment of public debt, which is said to be "illegitimate and only benefits the finical powers." The protest started in the Plaza de Catalonia with demonstrators banging pots and pans to make noise, and continued through the streets of Barcelona, under the slogan, "We must not, do not pay."

Protesta y cacerolada global contra el pago de la deuda pública.
Miles de personas 'indignadas' se suman a la convocatoria del 13-O en Barcelona.
Barcelona, España - Miles de personas han participado este sábado por la tarde el centro de Barcelona a la protesta global 13-O # Globalnoise, impulsada por el movimiento de indignados del 15-M y Ocupamos Wall Street. La convocatoria, simultánea en más de 30 países y en cientos de ciudades de todo el mundo para mostrar el rechazo al pago de la deuda pública "ilegítima y que sólo beneficia al poder financiero": Se ha iniciado la protesta con una cacerolada en la plaza de Catalunya y a continuacion se han manifestado por las calles de Barcelona bajo el lema “No debemos, no pagamos”.

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#GlobalNoise, Barcelona (6 of 10)
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
13 Oct 2012

Barcelona, Spain - Noisemaking protest against payment of public debt.
Thousands of "outraged" people responded to the call of the 13-O #Globalnoise rally in Barcelona Saturday, driven by the 15-M Occupy Wall Street movement. The protest, of which several were held simultaneously in over 30 countries and hundreds of cities around the world, were staged to voice rejection of payment of public debt, which is said to be "illegitimate and only benefits the finical powers." The protest started in the Plaza de Catalonia with demonstrators banging pots and pans to make noise, and continued through the streets of Barcelona, under the slogan, "We must not, do not pay."

Protesta y cacerolada global contra el pago de la deuda pública.
Miles de personas 'indignadas' se suman a la convocatoria del 13-O en Barcelona.
Barcelona, España - Miles de personas han participado este sábado por la tarde el centro de Barcelona a la protesta global 13-O # Globalnoise, impulsada por el movimiento de indignados del 15-M y Ocupamos Wall Street. La convocatoria, simultánea en más de 30 países y en cientos de ciudades de todo el mundo para mostrar el rechazo al pago de la deuda pública "ilegítima y que sólo beneficia al poder financiero": Se ha iniciado la protesta con una cacerolada en la plaza de Catalunya y a continuacion se han manifestado por las calles de Barcelona bajo el lema “No debemos, no pagamos”.

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#GlobalNoise, Barcelona (7 of 10)
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
13 Oct 2012

Barcelona, Spain - Noisemaking protest against payment of public debt.
Thousands of "outraged" people responded to the call of the 13-O #Globalnoise rally in Barcelona Saturday, driven by the 15-M Occupy Wall Street movement. The protest, of which several were held simultaneously in over 30 countries and hundreds of cities around the world, were staged to voice rejection of payment of public debt, which is said to be "illegitimate and only benefits the finical powers." The protest started in the Plaza de Catalonia with demonstrators banging pots and pans to make noise, and continued through the streets of Barcelona, under the slogan, "We must not, do not pay."

Protesta y cacerolada global contra el pago de la deuda pública.
Miles de personas 'indignadas' se suman a la convocatoria del 13-O en Barcelona.
Barcelona, España - Miles de personas han participado este sábado por la tarde el centro de Barcelona a la protesta global 13-O # Globalnoise, impulsada por el movimiento de indignados del 15-M y Ocupamos Wall Street. La convocatoria, simultánea en más de 30 países y en cientos de ciudades de todo el mundo para mostrar el rechazo al pago de la deuda pública "ilegítima y que sólo beneficia al poder financiero": Se ha iniciado la protesta con una cacerolada en la plaza de Catalunya y a continuacion se han manifestado por las calles de Barcelona bajo el lema “No debemos, no pagamos”.

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#GlobalNoise, Barcelona (8 of 10)
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
13 Oct 2012

Barcelona, Spain - Noisemaking protest against payment of public debt.
Thousands of "outraged" people responded to the call of the 13-O #Globalnoise rally in Barcelona Saturday, driven by the 15-M Occupy Wall Street movement. The protest, of which several were held simultaneously in over 30 countries and hundreds of cities around the world, were staged to voice rejection of payment of public debt, which is said to be "illegitimate and only benefits the finical powers." The protest started in the Plaza de Catalonia with demonstrators banging pots and pans to make noise, and continued through the streets of Barcelona, under the slogan, "We must not, do not pay."

Protesta y cacerolada global contra el pago de la deuda pública.
Miles de personas 'indignadas' se suman a la convocatoria del 13-O en Barcelona.
Barcelona, España - Miles de personas han participado este sábado por la tarde el centro de Barcelona a la protesta global 13-O # Globalnoise, impulsada por el movimiento de indignados del 15-M y Ocupamos Wall Street. La convocatoria, simultánea en más de 30 países y en cientos de ciudades de todo el mundo para mostrar el rechazo al pago de la deuda pública "ilegítima y que sólo beneficia al poder financiero": Se ha iniciado la protesta con una cacerolada en la plaza de Catalunya y a continuacion se han manifestado por las calles de Barcelona bajo el lema “No debemos, no pagamos”.

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#GlobalNoise, Barcelona (9 of 10)
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
13 Oct 2012

Barcelona, Spain - Noisemaking protest against payment of public debt.
Thousands of "outraged" people responded to the call of the 13-O #Globalnoise rally in Barcelona Saturday, driven by the 15-M Occupy Wall Street movement. The protest, of which several were held simultaneously in over 30 countries and hundreds of cities around the world, were staged to voice rejection of payment of public debt, which is said to be "illegitimate and only benefits the finical powers." The protest started in the Plaza de Catalonia with demonstrators banging pots and pans to make noise, and continued through the streets of Barcelona, under the slogan, "We must not, do not pay."

Protesta y cacerolada global contra el pago de la deuda pública.
Miles de personas 'indignadas' se suman a la convocatoria del 13-O en Barcelona.
Barcelona, España - Miles de personas han participado este sábado por la tarde el centro de Barcelona a la protesta global 13-O # Globalnoise, impulsada por el movimiento de indignados del 15-M y Ocupamos Wall Street. La convocatoria, simultánea en más de 30 países y en cientos de ciudades de todo el mundo para mostrar el rechazo al pago de la deuda pública "ilegítima y que sólo beneficia al poder financiero": Se ha iniciado la protesta con una cacerolada en la plaza de Catalunya y a continuacion se han manifestado por las calles de Barcelona bajo el lema “No debemos, no pagamos”.

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#GlobalNoise, Barcelona (10 of 10)
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
13 Oct 2012

Barcelona, Spain - Noisemaking protest against payment of public debt.
Thousands of "outraged" people responded to the call of the 13-O #Globalnoise rally in Barcelona Saturday, driven by the 15-M Occupy Wall Street movement. The protest, of which several were held simultaneously in over 30 countries and hundreds of cities around the world, were staged to voice rejection of payment of public debt, which is said to be "illegitimate and only benefits the finical powers." The protest started in the Plaza de Catalonia with demonstrators banging pots and pans to make noise, and continued through the streets of Barcelona, under the slogan, "We must not, do not pay."

Protesta y cacerolada global contra el pago de la deuda pública.
Miles de personas 'indignadas' se suman a la convocatoria del 13-O en Barcelona.
Barcelona, España - Miles de personas han participado este sábado por la tarde el centro de Barcelona a la protesta global 13-O # Globalnoise, impulsada por el movimiento de indignados del 15-M y Ocupamos Wall Street. La convocatoria, simultánea en más de 30 países y en cientos de ciudades de todo el mundo para mostrar el rechazo al pago de la deuda pública "ilegítima y que sólo beneficia al poder financiero": Se ha iniciado la protesta con una cacerolada en la plaza de Catalunya y a continuacion se han manifestado por las calles de Barcelona bajo el lema “No debemos, no pagamos”.

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Ambrosetti Forum, Villa D'Este, Cerno...
Cernobbio, Italy
By Editor's Picks
09 Sep 2012

Photos and video taken at the annual European House Ambrosetti Forum at Villa D'Este, Cernobbio, Italy, over the weekend of September 7-9, 2012. The forum is an annual economic conference where heads of state, ministers, Nobel laureates and businessmen gather to discuss current and future economic challenges, scientific, technological and geo-political developments that impact business and society.

Among the attendees were Joaquim Alumnia, EU Commissioner for free-market policies, the President of Israel Shimon Perez, Romano Prodi, former Italian Prime Minister and former President of the European Commission, Giulio Tremonti and Renato Brunetta of the Italian Parliament, economics professor at Stern Business School and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics Nouriel Roubini, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council and Mario Monti, Italian Prime Minister, among politicians, businessmen, and economics experts worldwide.