“Je hoeft niet je hele leven op z’n kop te zetten voor een verwelkomende samenleving” (Dutch)

“Je hoeft niet je hele leven op z’n kop te zetten voor een verwelkomende samenleving” (Dutch)

“Als we met dure cadeaus aankomen voelen ze zich misschien ongemakkelijk”, zegt Evelien. “Je weet dat ze niet willen dat we dingen betalen. Laten we rondvragen bij vrienden of zij iets leuks hebben. Als Laila en Amer dat goed vinden, natuurlijk.” Evelien Dietvorst (29) waardeert hoe duidelijk de Syrische familie met de rest van de…

June, defending her right to stand up for others in Thailand

June, defending her right to stand up for others in Thailand

She never asked for any of it. Not the awards. Not the grave charges filed against her. All she ever wanted was to defend others in the courtroom, but she ended up having to defend herself. Despite circumstances conspiring against her, the 33-year-old Thai human rights lawyer manages to draw strength from her predicaments. Sirikan…

Leonardo, rewriting the rules of social integration in Colombia

Leonardo, rewriting the rules of social integration in Colombia

He can scribble in his notebook for hours, erasing the sentences that don’t work and replacing them with second, third, or fourth attempts at perfect flow. His poetry is about our connections with infinity, love, philosophy, and nature. This year he might finally publish some of his work instead of just sharing it among friends.…

Being a refugee in your own country: internally displaced people in Mindanao

Being a refugee in your own country: internally displaced people in Mindanao

End of 2018 I visited several camps for internally displaced people in Iligan City on the island of Mindanao in southern Philippines. This was part of an assignment I did for the Dutch non-profit organisation Mensen met een Missie. I interviewed and photographed several of the people living in the camps as well as people working for…