Venturing into the Heart of Manila

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While growing up, Hannah Reyes Morales wasn’t allowed to venture out into the rough streets of Manila, but later her work as a photographer would take her there. In the city’s dark corners, she shed light on the Philippine government’s violent war on drugs and the plight of some of the city’s most vulnerable citizens.

For more information on this episode, visit nationalgeographic.com/overheard.

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Hannah Reyes Morales’s Living Lullabies project showcases nighttime rituals all over the world, including those of health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ten million Filipinos work abroad. Hear their stories and see Hannah’s photos in this story.

And you can see parts one and two of Hannah’s reporting on the Philippine drug war.

Also explore:

To see the portraits of couples who fell in love after being forced to marry each other during the Khmer Rouge era, check out the Al Jazeera story “Only ‘Lovers’ Left Alive” by Dene-Hern Chen.

And take a look at the photo essay Hannah produced about domestic workers for Parts Unknown, which includes images of Nanay, the woman who raised her.

To view more of Hannah’s work, you can follow her on Instagram @hannahreyesmorales.

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