Behind the image
(AFP Photo / Christophe Archambault)
From one nightmare to another
"We are here in the hope our pictures can put a human face on this crisis," writes the AFP photographer Christophe Archambault, who travelled to the Andaman Sea to find a boat carrying hundreds of migrants from the persecuted Rohingya minority, adrift off the Thai coast. "My first reaction is shock. Their faces are completely emaciated. You can see their ribcages, their pointed shoulder bones. We are witnessing a situation of absolute horror."
Above the fold
Wednesday 20 May 2015 - Eye witness
"Two words tweeted by a Nepali journalist friend moments after the second quake last Tuesday summed up the mood in Kathmandu: 'Enough already'," writes AFP's Claire Cozens. "Few people slept that night. Like the buildings imperceptibly weakened by the first quake that crumbled in the second, the city's stoicism appeared to falter. And yet just a day later, residents were out helping the army clear rubble from the streets. No one expected the government to help, so they were helping themselves – and each other."
(Photo: AFP / Menahem Kahana)
Tuesday 19 May 2015 - Decoding
She was an extraordinary journalist, who lived an extraordinary life. Anna Kipper was a Polish Jew driven from Europe during World War II who went on to become AFP’s first female bureau chief, in Bogota in 1946. A reporter whose career mirrored the upheavals of the 20th century, from Europe to Latin America. This is her story, told by Yves Gacon, AFP's director of archives and publishing.
(Photo: El Tiempo)
Monday 18 May 2015 - Eye witness
"The girls emerged one by one from the changing room, in red jerseys with numbers on their backs. But instead of jogging out to the football field, they ducked into a small mosque for afternoon prayers," writes the photographer Adek Berry. "When AFP asked me to shoot a reportage on female football in Indonesia, I jumped at the chance. But women footballers are no common sight in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation."
(AFP Photo / Adek Berry)
Wednesday 13 May 2015 - Eye witness
"Jean-Marie Le Pen is a complex character, both an erudite with a rich knowledge of history and a relentless provocateur. It takes time to figure him out," writes Guillaume Daudin, who covers the National Front for AFP. "Le Pen may be physically diminished. But he is far from the senile old man some would paint him as. He knows exactly what he is doing."
(Photo: AFP / Thomas Samson)
Tuesday 12 May 2015 - Eye witness
"When your phone rings and drags you from sleep at five in the morning, there are only two possible explanations: someone dialled your number by mistake, or there is an emergency," writes the AFP photographer Marvin Recinos. "This Friday it was no mistake. On the end of the line was one of my sources, warning me that hundreds of highly-dangerous gang members, or 'pandilleros', were about to be moved from prisons in the east of El Salvador, to the top-security facility of Izalco to the west of the capital."
(AFP Photo / Marvin Recinos)
Monday 11 May 2015 - Eye witness
"When Japanese porn king 'Shimiken' tweeted that there were more Bengali tigers than male porn actors in Japan, AFP Tokyo felt obliged, nay duty-bound, to launch a forensic investigation into this cause célèbre," writes Alastair Himmer. "But this would be no ordinary assignment. Not by a long chalk."
(Photo: AFP / Yoshikazu Tsuno)
Thursday 7 May 2015 - Eye witness
"Today was a tense morning. I found myself in the middle of clashes between protesters and police in Burundi where some people were injured by grenades and a protester was shot in the head right in front of me. Ugly scenes," writes the photojournalist Phil Moore. "The writing had been on the wall that these elections in Burundi could be contentious, with such strong opposition to President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term."
(AFP Photo / Phil Moore)
Wednesday 6 May 2015 - Eye witness
"She lays a hand on his forearm to offer support. She helps him rise from his wheelchair, and take a few faltering steps towards the pulpit where he is to deliver a short speech," writes AFP journalist Yannick Pasquet. "She is the one who leans, in her navy blue raincoat, to help the elderly man whose great age – 95 – is eating away at his strength. Angela Merkel. All of German identity is here, in this moment. A chancellor, survivors and a death camp."
(Photo: AFP / Christof Sache)
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