People of Mercy

17 October 2012

Makone Soumaoro (30)
“Mein Hals schmerzt nicht, aber ich sorge mich, weil er so anschwillt. Ich hoffe, es ist kein Tumor, weil ich Hausfrau bin und mein Mann und meine Kinder mich brauchen.”


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

Conakry, Guinea

Makone Soumaoro (30)
“My neck doesn’t hurt, but I worry that it swells so much. I hope it is not a tumor, because I’m a housewife and my husband and children need me.”


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

Makone Soumaoro (30):
«No me duele el cuello, pero me preocupa que se hinche demasiado. Espero que no sea un tumor, porque soy ama de casa y mi marido y mis hijos me necesitan».


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

Makone Soumaoro (30 ans)
« Je n’ai pas mal au cou mais cette grosseur m’inquiète. J’espère que ce n’est pas une tumeur. Mon mari et mes enfants ont besoin de moi. »


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

Makone Soumaoro (30 anni)
“Il collo non mi fa male, ma sono preoccupata perché è molto gonfio. Spero non sia un tumore, perché sono una casalinga e mio marito e i miei figli hanno bisogno di me”.


Persone curate a bordo dell’Africa Mercy, una nave ospedale ormeggiata a Conakry, Guinea.

Makone Soumaoro (30)
“Mijn hals doet geen pijn, maar ik maak me zorgen nu hij zo opzwelt. Ik hoop dat het geen tumor is, want ik ben huisvrouw en mijn man en kinderen hebben me nodig.”


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

Makone Soumaoro (30 anos)
«O pescoço não me dói, mas fico preocupada por inchar tanto. Espero que não seja um tumor, porque sou dona de casa e o meu marido e os meus filhos precisam de mim.»


Pessoas que recebem tratamento no Africa Mercy, um navio- hospital atracado em Conacri, Guiné.


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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