The Dutch Embassy of The Netherlands in Kenya commissioned a series of photos about the Dutch flower farms of Naivasha. Around ‘Lake Naivasha’, several Dutch families are growing and cultivating roses. Most roses that are sold on the Dutch market are from these (controversial) Kenyan greenhouses. The taken pictures of the flower farms will be used in outings of the Dutch government and will be printed on large banners which can be seen during agricultural conferences.
At least 800.000 people were killed in the genocide that tore Rwanda apart, exactly 25 years ago. Victims were mainly Tutsis and moderate Hutus, often murdered by friends and neighbors, following the outbreak of inter-ethnic violence which lasted 100 days.
Nowadays, in the southern village of Mbyo, survivors and perpetrators live together in a ‘reconciliation village’, established by the non- governmental organisation Prison Fellowship Rwanda. Genocide survivor Jacqueline Mukamana lives next door to Mathias Sendegeya, a genocide perpetrator who killed six of Jacqueline’s family members. Yet, they are friends.
In Mbyo, I photographed and interviewed Mathias and Jacqueline about the events of 25 years ago, and how they have found a way to live next door to each other. That story is published by The New Humanitarian, an online platform that puts quality, independent journalism at the service of the millions of people affected by humanitarian crises around the world. They report from the heart of conflicts and disasters to inform prevention and response.
For NGO Habitat for Humanity and in partnership with the Amsterdam-based media production house Makmende, I created two videos in Malawi. During a construction trip in a small village near Mulanje, two Dutch influencers helped a Malawian crew with the construction of a new home for Mary, who is suffering from Aids. I followed and interviewed Carlos Platier Luna and Chloë Sterk on-site. To read more about the ‘Homecoming’ campaign of Habitat for Humanity, check out their website, which boasts some of my photographs from Mulanje.
New Amref work
Created in Southern Uganda
I recently spend a week in Southern Uganda, where I visited several remote health facilities, interviewed many stakeholders about a successful advocacy program and took a new series of portraits of Community Health Workers for the Dear Minister campaign. All texts, videos and images are commissioned by Amref Health Africa and their Dutch counterpart Amref Flying Doctors.
To see more photos I took for Amref, check out this link! You can read more about the Dear Minister campaign and listen to the interviews I have recorded on the Dear Minister website. To see some behind-the-scenes footage, watch my pinned Instagram Story!
Coming weekend, the Amsterdam flagship store of MENDO will highlight all the 33 photography books that MENDO has initiated and created through the years. From 2016 onwards, I have been on board as their (freelance) Editorial Coordinator, working on 11 of the books that were published since. In this blog post, you can find all the photo books that boast my name in the colophon:
Starring Amsterdam. Created all texts and links to online documentation;
Depart. All texts, including introduction and interviews. Also includes a chapter with pictures I took in Jordan, Palestine and Israel;
Carli Hermès. Interviews with Narda van ‘t Veer and Fokke de Jong;
The Workshop. Editorial Coordination and redirecting;
Living in Style Amsterdam. Editorial Coordination and texts;
Sportret. Editorial Coordination and texts;
This is Not a F*cking Street Style Book. Editorial Coordination and redirecting;
Martin Garrix: Life = Crazy. Interviews with Martin Garrix’s team members, managers, parents and friends;
If you’d like to find out more about the books that I have worked on, including some non-MENDO books, you can check out the Books tab of this website. If you’d like to have a look at all of the above books, make sure to drop by MENDO’s 11 Berenstraat store between 17 and 19 May.
For the Dutch agricultural LAN network of the Embassy of The Netherlands in Kenya, I took pictures of Kenyan-Dutch farmer Talash, who is breeding maggots on her Limuru farm. The pictures of her and her company called Insectipro will be featured in a book that focuses on the 100 year jubilee of the Agricultural Attaché Network (LAN), which represents the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality worldwide at the Netherlands embassies in the areas related to Agriculture and Nature. You can find more information about the ‘Landbouwattaché Netwerk’ here.
Cyclone Idai, which hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on 14 March, caused massive flooding and killed more than 840 people. Together with Africa correspondent Saskia Houttuin, I traveled to the town of Beira, which was hit severely by both the cyclone and the floods.
During our stay in Mozambique, we reported on the Idai aftermath, when thousands of people still needed to be rescued from nearby, flooded areas. You can find some of our reports on Saskia’s YouTube channel, read this Dutch story (with one of my images) or you can check out the video below. I also created a visual story in words and pictures for Al Jazeera.
If you’d like to help: the International Red Cross and NGO’s like Caritas (that used some of my images for funding and blog updates) are still on the ground in Mozambique, to deliver aid for those in need.
On the ‘Features’ tab of my website, you can see some of my assignments, collaborations, publications and features. I have recently added new work and assignments, like my piece for Musotrees Magazine, the collaboration between NPO Radio 1 program De Nieuws BV and me, a Telegraaf interview and more.
On the ‘Features’ page, you can click on each logo to find out more.
In some Kenyan states, sand mining by organized crime mobsters is a big problem. In Makueni County, however, the local government has found a way to reduce people from removing the sand from dry river beds. Kenya is building more and more, and sand is indispensable for the creation of glass and concrete. One can make quite some money by mining and selling the thick grains of Makueni sand.
Dutch writer and Amref Flying Doctors ambassador Saskia Noort and her daughter Julia Schellekens traveled to the Maasai community of Kilindi, Tanzania. Here, they attended a so-called ‘ARP’, an Alternative Rite of Passage without the harmful FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) practice. ‘The cut’ kills many girls, who can be as young as eight years old when they undergo the ceremonial ritual. With Amref’s help, over 16.000 girls became a woman without undergoing FGM.
For the video above (created by Chilo.TV), I interviewed Saskia Noort on the last day of our trip to Kilindi. You can check out the pictures I took on our trip on my NGO Photography page. If you can read Dutch, you can also read more about Saskia Noort’s experiences in this interview by JAN Magazine (which also boasts one of my pictures).