Mauritania 2015

Pics 1-4: (first pic was selected as a winner at the lensculture 2015 Visual Storytelling Awards

On beginning of 2016 the story was featured on CNN.

One is free to travel on top of the iron ore train that crosses the Sahara desert from the mine at Zouérat, in northern Mauritania,
to the harbor of Nouadhibou, on the Atlantic coast of West Africa.

The travelers, who are usually traders that transport food and live animals, have to endure a 20-hour trip
with periods of strong wind and temperatures that can reach 50 degrees Celsius in the summer.

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Despite the fact that there haven’t been any terrorists attacks in the country over the past four years,
Mauritania is still on the international “red zone,” meaning almost no tourists have visited the country in that period.

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Vasile

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“Vasile forgive me
I can not
I swore”

Valea Corbului, Arges. July 2015

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On the Danube, Făcăeni, July 2015

 

Pastele Blajinilor // Easter of the Softhearted

Every year, one week after the Orthodox Easter, Roma communities throughout Southern Romania commemorate their deceased. Early in the morning, families go to the cemetery and prepare festive meals and sharing food with friends, relatives and the needy. The old tradition is based on the belief in a certain form of communion across the generations of the same family. The souls of those who passed away are said to enjoy the company of their descendants – and some of the little pleasures of this world.
Buzau, April 2015

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