Bangui, Central African Republic

As I untangle myself from my mosquito net in the morning and I dash into the shower, the cold stream of water is a genuine relief from the humidity of the warm night. I wash the sleep out of my eyes and make a mental plan of the day ahead. My breakfast consists of bread... Continue Reading →

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Chinko – Central African Republic

I have tried many times to decipher the complexities of human behaviour but every so often I run into new obstacles that leave me confused and perplexed. My time in the Central African Republic has provided me with many such examples even though I have only been in the country for a short time. Central... Continue Reading →

Happy International Women’s Day !

Today, March 8th, the world celebrates International Women's Day. To all the courageous, powerful, smart, resilient, proud and compassionate women, you deserve the world and more. Last year, International Women's Day was celebrated at Virunga National Park. Among those present were the widows of Virunga's fallen rangers and I will never forget these women's vigour... Continue Reading →

Women’s rights in Myanmar

I recently returned from a trip to Myanmar where I did research on women's rights as part of a masterclass on visual story telling with The Caravan's Journal. My time was divided between Yangon and Inle Lake  where I spoke to several women to learn more about their lives, their hopes and dreams for the... Continue Reading →

DRC – Aristotle wisdom

Sometimes I wonder what "Survival of the fittest" actually means. Does it mean you are the fitter person when you stay or when you go? What makes you fit to stay in a certain place? Your kindness and your sensitivity towards mankind? Or is the opposite true? In the end, the expression "Each own its bone"... Continue Reading →

DRC – The golden light

Antelopes are elegant, shy, sharp, reclusive and very beautiful. With their big ears they hear you before they see you and they jump off into the wilderness as soon as you move a step closer. For the last few weeks a young bushbuck has been roaming the grounds in front of my house and I... Continue Reading →

Zanzibar

In history, Zanzibar was called the "spice island" and it was a trade island for people travelling between Africa, the Arabian peninsula and India. Subsequently Zanzibar fell under control of the Portugese, the Sultanate of Oman and the British empire until it gained independence in 1963 and became a semi-autonomous region under Tanzania. It is... Continue Reading →

DRC – Perfect drug?

"I've seen many people go a bit crazy here.", a friend said. And that's how the conversation started. We kept on talking for hours on end, the electricity going on and off and eventually resorting to the light of a few cherished candles. "Either you create a short term memory or you create an alternate... Continue Reading →

DRC – Such Devastating Beauty

Take this desirable patch of land and lay it elsewhere. Where no one can touch it, where people are free and without sorrow. Where birds can whistle from dusk till dawn and elephants can thump their feet on the savannah plains in sheer happiness. This is Congo, a land of hopes and dreams and laughter and... Continue Reading →

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