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I'm most interested in stories from the margins of society – narratives from unexpected places and perspectives that shed a unique light on today's most prominent issues.  

I have published feature articles with De Correspondent and De Groene Amsterdammer

and regularly contribute to other publications such as Illuster, Child Health and The Folks Magazine.

Explore some of my best productions below.

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Refuge in a Frisian Village

De Groene Amsterdammer (Dutch original)

In the summer of 2016, six villages in the Dutch province of Friesland decided to offer their own solution to the national 'refugee problem'. Each village bought, built or converted a house for a Syrian family and welcomed them into their tight knit community. But do these local initiatives, heralded as a beacon of light in the hardened response to refugees in the rest of the country, still seem as heart-warming three years on? Read more

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Under wall street lies a legacy of slavery. High time for a tour

The Correspondent 

The Dutch are infamous for the role they played in the transatlantic slave trade. But we rarely hear about the enslaved that lived in the Dutch colony that would become New York. I walked around the city to see if I could find traces of this buried past. Read more

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Surprising (hi)stories

Messy Nessy Chic

Messy Nessy Chic is a blog with 1.5 million unique visitors per month focused on surprising (his)tories, curiosities and little known things.

I wrote a collection of stories on topics ranging from colonial postcards to the medieval predecessor of Facebook and a secret fashion subculture in the USSR.

 

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'You don't tout on the IRA'

Paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland

De Groene Amsterdammer (Dutch)

Fear of a revival of paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland long dominated the Brexit debate. But for some, paramilitary violence did not disappear when the Troubles ended. The focus merely shifted from political goals to drug trade and violent enforcement of paramilitary law and order.

 

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'I don't think anyone will call'

Foreign doctors in the Netherlands

De Groene Amsterdammer (Dutch)

Despite massive shortages in trained health professionals, the Netherlands has made it very difficult for foreign doctors to get certified to work there. Why are we putting so much talent to the side?

 

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The pink sisters pray for the outside world. But they never go outside

De Correspondent (Dutch)

The pink sisters, named after the bright color of their habit, spend their lives behind gates while praying for the outside world. But how can they pray for where they never go themselves? For this article, I visited the pink sisters in Utrecht, the Netherlands, to find a place where modernity, devotion and love exist in a careful balance. 

 

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I spoke with the whistleblower cop who exposed the NYPD's racist policies

De Correspondent (Dutch)

Edwin Raymond was set for a promotion when he decided to risk everything and expose the NYPD's illegal quota policies, which forced him and other cops to unfairly summon and arrest New Yorkers, specifically those living in minority neighborhoods. I spoke to him about the effect these policies have on policing and the effect his decision to speak out had on him. Read more

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How racist voting policies influenced the American presidential election

De Correspondent (Dutch)

Even though Jim Crow laws officially belong to the past, many people still struggle to be able to vote. This article delves into the complicated history of discriminative voting right laws and traces them al the way into the 2016 presidential elections.

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20 years of housing shortages for Dutch Travellers

Pointer (Dutch)

In Europe, Travellers have the right to live according to their cultural traditions. But for over twenty years, caravan site shortages have not been addressed in the Netherlands. Travellers from three Dutch municipalities share their story. 
 

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