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The Bigger Picture is a collaboration between the Centre for Innovation (Leiden University) and the World Press Photo Foundation. The initiative brings together the worlds of photography, data analytics and storytelling in a compelling visual platform, to take you beyond the frame. Starting with World Press Photo’s award-winning photographs, users are drawn into a new type of visual analytics. With each click, we expand the way you can look at news, events, and issues.
The Bigger Picture is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The narratives and designs have been developed together with Q42 and Fabrique.
African migrants on the shore of Djibouti City at night raise their phones in an attempt to catch an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad.
Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.
Arzuma Tinado (28) leads an eight-member crew of miners at Djuga, an artisanal gold mine in north-eastern Burkina Faso. Around 15,000 people work in the area, in pits hacked into the ground, some barely wider than a manhole.
As the price of gold fell, people began to dig ever deeper to find enough to make a daily wage. Arzuma works some 20 meters underground. Mining under these conditions is backbreaking labor during which miners are constantly breathing in dust. The subsequent process of extracting the gold exposes them to mercury and cyanide.
Survivors and onlookers help those injured in a suicide bomb attack at the Civil Hospital in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. August 8, 2016.
Some 200 lawyers, together with journalists, had gathered outside the hospital following the shooting earlier in the day of the president of the Balochistan Bar Council, Bilal Anwar Kasi. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistan Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, in which at least 70 people were killed and more than 100 injured. Hospital medical staff said that 60 of those killed were lawyers. Balochistan, which borders on Iran and Afghanistan, is affected by Sunni-Shiite sectarian violence and a separatist Baloch ethnic insurgency. Lawyers form a particular target of attacks, severely impacting the judicial system.
Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş shouts after shooting Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov, at an art gallery in Ankara. December 19, 2016.
Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov was assassinated by an off-duty Turkish police officer, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, while he was speaking at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, on 19 December. Altintas shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is great) and later said in Turkish: “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria.” He was killed in a shootout after Turkish Special Forces arrived at the gallery. Russia and Turkey supported opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, with Russia backing forces loyal to the Syrian government and Turkey supporting certain rebel groups. In the months prior to the attack, relations between the two countries had developed into a strategic partnership, with each curbing their support in their own strategic interest.
A woman is supported as refugees cross the Mala Reka river, near the Greek border town of Idomeni. They were attempting a route into Macedonia that would bypass a newly erected border fence. March 14, 2016.
Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia—countries that lie between Greece and preferred refugee destinations in northern Europe—had all closed their borders five days earlier. Hundreds of thousands of refugees had traveled through Macedonia the previous year, and the UN said that the build-up of people in a holding-camp at Idomeni was turning into a humanitarian disaster.