Annabell Van den Berghe (°1986) is a graduate in Middle-East studies. Since 2009 she is basedin Cairo, Egypte, where she works as a freelance journalist and Arabist for mainly Dutch and Belgian outlets, such as NRC, De Groene Amsterdammer, Katholiek Nieuwsblad, De Morgen, De Tijd, MO Magazine,... Since 2011 she has been reporting wars and conflict in the Middle-East and often works for radio and television as a correspondent and MENA expert. As a sworn translator she often works for international media in de MENA region, both as producer and interpreter.
Annabell Van den Berghe
About how women now also patrol in Egypt's metro.
On child marriage in Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan.
"I had no chance to take something along when we had to leave. And when I came back, everything of value was gone. Except our statue of Mary, thank God." Basma points to the statue on the shelf and makes a cross. In an attempt to suppress her tears Basma turns angry. "I still do not know if I am safe here. While cleaing the house upon our return, I found an unexploded bomb next to the statue of Mary. They are making fun of us, but this is dangerous.
Basmaa, mother of 4 daughters. "Our house was the front line of the battle between Kurdish rebels and Muslim rebels. Security was far away, but I wanted to stay. This is my house, my street, my country. "
In Serekaniya, or Ras al-Ayn (the Arabic name for the same city, dominated by a Kurdish population) Christians fear for their future.
The Syrian crisis brings despair at all walks of life. Potato Farmers are technically unemployed, since no refined oil is to be found to run their machines. Because they can no longer support their family they see themselves forced to start refining themselves. A dangerous task.