People of Mercy

08 October 2012

Boubacour Diallo (18)
“Ich bin so geboren. Es ist Gottes Wille. Manchmal werde ich ausgelacht, aber das stört mich nicht. Ich bin ein aufrichtiger Muslim. Ich fürchte mich nicht vor dem Tod.”


Menschen, die auf dem Hospitalschiff Africa Mercy, in Conakry, Guinea, behandelt werden.

Conakry, Guinea

Boubacour Diallo (18)
“I was born like this. It is God’s will. People sometimes laugh at me, but that doesn’t bother me. I am an honest Muslim. I don’t fear death.”


People receiving treatment on Africa Mercy, a hospital ship docked at Conakry, Guinea.

Boubacour Diallo (18):
«Nací así. Es la voluntad de Dios. A veces la gente se ríe de mí, pero no me molesta. Soy un musulmán honesto. No temo a la muerte».


Personas que reciben tratamiento a bordo del Africa Mercy, un buque hospital atracado en Conakry, Guinea.

Boubacour Diallo (18 ans)
« Je suis né comme ça. C’est Dieu qui l’a voulu. Parfois les gens se moquent de moi mais cela ne me dérange pas. Je suis un honnête musulman qui ne craint pas la mort. »


Personnes soignées à bord du navire-hôpital l’Africa Mercy, amarré à Conakry, en Guinée.

Boubacour Diallo (18)
“Ik ben zo geboren. Het is Gods wil. Mensen lachen me soms uit, maar dat hindert me niet. Ik ben een oprechte moslim. Ik ben niet bang voor de dood.”


Mensen die behandeld worden op het ziekenhuisschip Africa Mercy, dat ligt aangemeerd in Conakry, Guinee.


Conakry, Guinea

Technical information

Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
ISO: 400
F-Stop: 4
Focal Length: 80 mm
Camera: Hasselblad H4D-40

Stephan Vanfleteren
Stephan Vanfleteren lives and works in his native Belgium. After his photography studies he started to work as a freelancer in 1993. His black-and-white documentary photography covers the disappearance of small, anarchic worlds and the phenomena of everyday life in Belgium, as well as events from conflict zones and portrayals of everyday life around the world.  After working for the daily edition of De Morgen newspaper in the past, Vanfleteren now contributes to its weekend supplements.
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