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Elephants, long revered as national symbols in Thailand, are now under threat from all sides. In an effort to save scores of injured elephants that were victims of overwork, drugging, and other abuses, the Thai government and Friends of the Asian Elephant opened a Lampang elephant hospital in 1994. In addition to running the elephant hospital, Friends of the Asian Elephant provides rescue, rehabilitation, and treatment for elephants that are neglected, mistreated, ill, disabled, and seriously injured, and also try to assist elephants in returning to their natural habitat. Chien-Chi Chang visited them on two occasions to shed light on their work.

LAMPANG, Thailand—Motala, a cow elephant whose left foreleg was severely damaged after she stepped on a land mine, receives intensive care after her operation, 1999.

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Interactive Essays
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by Paolo Pellegrin

The U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay has become a controversial flashpoint of America’s “war on terror.” Magnum Photographer Paolo Pellegrin photographed the camp and its prisoners extensively in 2006. He also documented former detainees in London, Kuwait, Bahrain and Afghanistan.

Blood, Nails and Prayers
by Philip Jones Griffiths

The Philippines is the largest Christian country in Asia—where devotees take their religion very seriously. The wilder excesses of the faith are best seen during Easter festivities, when depictions of Christ's last days and re-enactments of obscure biblical stories culminate with human blood flying off the backs of self-flagellants and real crucifixions performed using six inch nails.

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Magnum and Slate present the second in a series of galleries that highlight the human figure. This gallery is the male counterpart to a previous Zoom In called “Silhouettes de Femmes.”

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