August 3, 2015 8:00 AM EDT

This month’s Photojournalism Links collection highlights 10 excellent photo essays from across the world, including Manu Brabo‘s powerful black-and-white work documenting the gang violence in El Salvador, where the monthly death tolls are at numbers not seen since the end of the country’s civil war 23 years ago.

Manu Brabo: Raising An Iron Fist Against El Salvador’s Gangs (The New York Times Lens blog)

Patrick Tombola: Inside El Salvador’s ‘War Without Sense’ (TIME LightBox) Tombola’s strong work, also featured in TIME’s print editions, offers an equally harsh look at El Salvador’s woes, only his photographs are in color.

Sergey Ponomarev: A Bangladeshi Town in Human Trafficking’s Grip (The New York Times) These images capture a region at the heart of a multimillion-dollar people smuggling business.

Adam Dean: Life Among the Sea Slaves (The New York Times Lens blog) Compelling pictures documenting the migrants in Thailand’s fishing industry, who labor for long hours for little pay, often in very dangerous working conditions.

Sebastian Liste: Youth Culture in Cuba (The New Yorker Photo Booth) Liste’s pictures show the rarely seen side of the Communist island state: its youth.

Yuyang Liu: At Home With Mental Illness (The Guardian) These photographs on the treatment of mentally ill in China, were just awarded the prestigious Ian Parry scholarship | Also published on TIME LightBox

Francine Orr: No room at the inn for innocence (The Los Angeles Times) Orr, a staff photographer with the Los Angeles Times, offers a searing and stark testimony on homeless children in California. Her pictures reveal the microcosm that is the Country Inn, a San Bernardino motel that serves as the last resort for those with nowhere else to go.| More photos in this slideshow.

Nadia Shira Cohen: Peru: Searching for the missing decades after war (Al Jazeera) Cohen’s moving photographs show how 30 years after the country’s bloody civil war, families of the dead and disappeared are still looking for closure.

Phil Moore: 3 Months of Political Unrest in Burundi (TIME LightBox) Strong photos examining the fragile political situation in Burundi.

Stefen Chow: Playgrounds (National Geographic Proof) Chow’s drone aerials of Singapore’s playgrounds celebrate the city state’s urban design and the delight those spaces bring to children’s lives.

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