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LIFE IN SHAME in German BRIGITTE magazine

Dr. Renate Röntgen helps women with the condition of obstetric fistula get back to a normal life in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Andrea Jeska is telling her story with my images in the recent BRIGITTE magazine!

#lifeinshame #fistula #ejc #europeanjournalismcentre

New Seto king elected in Southern Estonia

On Saturday, the Seto tribe held the annual Kingdom Day in southern Estonia and selected their new regent of the King: Piret Torm-Kriis. (Her last name translates to Storm-Crisis...)
She will represent the Finno-Ugric tribe for one year. The first Seto Kingdom was announced in 1994. Ever since the Setos have been holding a kingdom day on the first Saturday in August in a different municipality of the Seto region each year. The king is named after Peko, the Seto folk hero. According to legend, Peko is sleeping eternally in a sandstone cave and cannot rule the kingdom alone and thus the Setos are governed by his representative, chosen by the people on his behalf, called the Regent of Peko, the King of Setos. The candidates literally “stomp” for support, standing on an upright log, and people line up in front of the candidates they want. The candidate with the most people is the new ruler.

#seto #setomaa #kingdomday #estonia #visitestonia #peko #finnougric #tribe


Recently in the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung: Another important story from our research on fistula has been published about a college for midwives near Addis Ababa.

#lifeinshame #fistula #ethiopia #destamender #ejc #europeanjournalismcentre

Kiiking in Estonia in German magazine GEOlino

I'm proud to see my story on Sireta and Kiiking in Estonia in the wonderful GEOlino this month! Thank you @geolino_magazin and Moritz for your support and trust!

#estonia #kiiking #pärnu #schaukeln #geolino #fabianweiss #kiikingswing

KIHNU women in German magazine BRIGITTE

Recently I visited the Estonian island Kihnu, where the women are keeping the ancient traditions alive recognized by UNESCO as world cultural heritage. German magazine BRIGITTE WOMAN published the images with a lovely text from Andrea Jeska!
Thanks so much Bettina and all the women for the support and hospitality!

Dr. Mukwege from FISTULA research published in BERLINER ZEITUNG

Yay! Andrea and my story about Dr. Mukwege, the fistula surgeon and undaunted critic of the Congolese government, has been published in the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung! This research about fistula in Congo and Ethiopia was made possible with the financial aid of the European Journalism Centre and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. More stories to come soon...

You can read the story here:


Pictures from my recent assignment for the Dutch daily VOLKSKRANT about the Estonian self-defense group Kaitseliit are in today's newspaper!

There's also a video published here:

Hiking in Hong Kong for German LUFTHANSA magazine

If you're flying Lufthansa in the next couple of weeks check out Jenni and my story on the amazing hiking trails around Hong Kong! (or read the article here in GERMAN ENGLISH

Thanks to everybody who helped us on the way and made the hikes and the trip unforgettable!

Bacteriophages in Georgia published in German newspaper FAZ

Today in the Sunday edition Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung of the German newspaper FAZ: Sebastian Pranz's and my story about bacteriophage therapy in Georgia as an alternative to Western society's antibiotics in times of international surge of 'Superbugs' resistant to all known antibiotics. Thank you, Claudius and Andreas, for your support!

Nominated for World Press JOOP SWART MASTERCLASS

Great news - I have been nominated among eight other former DMJX students for the Joop Swart Masterclass. Good luck to Roger Anis, Dario Bosio, Matthew Busch, Sagar Chhetri, Marie Hald, Heba Khamis, Berta Tilmantaitė and Rebecka Uhlin.

KELLY SILDARU in German magazine GEOlino

Amazing: This month in GEOlino my photos of Estonian young freeski high-flyer Kelly Sildaru are the cover story! Thank you, Moritz, for all your support and trust!

Research on FISTULA in Africa

Andrea Jeska and I started working today at the Heal Africa clinic in Goma, Eastern Congo, where women with fistula are being treated with operations and helped to get back to a normal life.

You can follow our research made possible with the EJC grant here:

#lifeinshame #goma #congo #drc

Polish program 500plus in Dutch VOLKSKRANT

Today in the Dutch daily VOLKSKRANT: Jenne Jan Holtland 's story on the relatively new Polish child support program 500Plus with my pictures! Thanks for the great support Gerrit-Jan!

Women on Kihnu in German magazine mare

Diana Laarz' story and my images from the Estonian island of Kihnu have been published in issue 119 of German mare magazine! Thanks so much Barbara for your support and the great cooperation!

"Kihnu ist nicht nur die schönste, sie ist die fraulichste aller estnischen Inseln. Neun der zwölf Gasthöfe, vier der sechs Restaurants, die Post, die Bibliothek, das Gesundheitszentrum, der Inselchor, das Museum, das Sozialamt - das Leben der Insel ruht auf den Schultern der Frauen. Ein Inselporträt in mare No. 119." 

#mare #kihnu #estonia #estland