« Unwanted » at the Manifesto Festival in Toulouse

A small glimpse of my work on unwanted pregnancies in the Ivory Coast and the DRC carried out for Médecins du Monde France exhibited at the Festival Manifesto in Toulouse until October 3rd. This is the first step of my long term project throughout the world…

UNWANTED
The story of Jacqueline, who became pregnant at the age of 17, is common here in Soubré, Ivory Coast. She was only in ninth grade and she did not want a child. Her only dream was to continue her schooling to become a teacher. However, she saw her dreams shattered when she had consensual but unprotected sex with a classmate. She knew nothing about contraceptive methods. She had never used a condom or heard of pills. Disowned and thrown out on the street by her parents, she found refuge with her grandmother. With the help of Médecins du Monde France, she will benefit from medical and psycho-social follow-up throughout her pregnancy. Since then she has had her little Julien and has been able to go back to school. Ivory Coast, September, 25 2018. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Spotlight on our profession as photojournalists during the Covid-19 period.

Spotlight on our profession as photojournalists during the Covid-19 period. An RTBF news team followed us, Roger job and myself… To be seen from the 32nd minute and 24sec.

https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_jt-13h?id=2638999&jwsource=fb&fbclid=IwAR1s5TPUah47FQEDBJwgtXmWR-UDcAVIOKJQLZnEIIxKEGHKGSXZz7eve3c
COVID-19
Covid-19, Lockdown. In the Hospital of Ambroise Paré, Mons, Belgium, May 1, 2020. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in the newspaper « La Libre Belgique »

« Les oubliés du Covid » my work with Médecins Du Monde Belgique on La Libre Belgique.

👉http://stories.lalibre.be/les-oubli-s-du-covid/index.html

Les oubliés du Covid
Belinda is housed at Tondreau stadium, the football stadium in Mons, and suffers from a chronic neurological disease. She was evicted from the squat where she was living. She is the mother of two large foster children and is in a bad mood. « Fortunately an educator found a way for me to talk to them on the phone, » she says with tears in her eyes, waiting for her turn at the medical consultation. She is one of 25 people at the stadium today. 20 men and 5 women, representing all age groups. Belgium, Mons, May 15, 2020. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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World Press Photo 2020

WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2020 « SPORT STORIES »

My work on « The Gouandé gazelles » was awarded the 2nd prize in category « Sport Stories » World Press Photo 2020 for the series on female football in Benin. This work is part of the WTFoot – The Project in collaboration with  collectif Huma and Plan International. I thank all the people who accompanied me during this great adventure and special Laure Derenne for the texts.

https://www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo/2020/39658/1/Olivier-Papegnies
WTFOOT
Belasse Tchari got up every morning of his life to work in his field, feed his 7 children and buy enough money to wash their uniforms. In the remote village of Gouande, she has done everything she can so that Virginie and her two sisters can go to secondary school like their brothers. A goal that she had to achieve alone since her husband did not want to hear about it. She is also among the first mothers to have encouraged her daughter in her desire to play football, a project supported by Plan International Benin. « Many people have asked me how I could let her play when it’s a boys’ sport, but I never wanted to stop Virginie from doing something for her own development. How can I not be happy today? My daughter takes care of her health, develops a lot of knowledge and has friends all over Benin. Benin, Atacora, Gouande, Benin, Atacora, Gouande, 21 February 2019 In two years, the footballers from the village of Gouande, in northern Benin, have made their mark and blazed new trails. Refusing to be confined to the status of women who are fragile, incompetent or solely dedicated to motherhood, they have come together to defend their place on all the fields. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in the newspaper « La Libre Belgique »

Zeebrugge, on the transhumance way to England.

Publication in the newspaper "La Libre Belgique "
Zeebrugge, on the transhumance way to England. © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in the newspaper « La Libre Belgique »

In Calais, life goes on…

Publication in the newspaper "La Libre Belgique "
In Calais, life goes on… © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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Publication in the newspaper « La Libre Belgique »

Refugee minors, those forgotten by the asylum system. In Calais, France

Publication in the newspaper "La Libre Belgique "
Refugee minors, those forgotten by the asylum system. In Calais, France © OLIVIER PAPEGNIES

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