People of Mercy

10 October 2012

Fofana Mamadou (52)
“Es tut nicht weh, aber sieht nicht schön aus. Sie lachen über mich. Den Körper kann ich bedecken, aber nicht das Gesicht. Meine Frau ist weg. Sie will nicht mit einem Mann wie mir leben.”

 

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

Conakry, Guinea

Fofana Mamadou (52)
“It doesn’t hurt, but it’s not a beautiful sight. People laugh. I can cover my body, but not my face. My wife left me, because she could not live with a man like me.”

 

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

Fofana Mamadou (52):
«No me causa dolor, pero el aspecto no es agradable. Las personas se ríen de mí. Puedo tapar mi cuerpo, pero no mi cara. Mi esposa me abandonó porque no podía vivir con un hombre como yo».

 

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

Fofana Mamadou (52 ans)
« Ça ne fait pas mal mais c’est laid. On se moque de moi. Je peux recouvrir mon corps mais pas mon visage. Ma femme m’a quitté car elle ne pouvait pas vivre avec un homme comme moi. »

 

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

Fofana Mamadou (52 anni)
“Non fa male, ma non è bello a vedersi. La gente ride. Posso coprirmi il corpo, ma non la faccia. Mia moglie mi ha lasciato perché non riusciva a vivere con un uomo come me”.

 

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

Fofana Mamadou (52)
“Het doet geen pijn, maar het ziet er niet uit. Mensen lachen. Ik kan mijn lijf bedekken, maar niet mijn gezicht. Mijn vrouw verliet me, omdat ze niet kon leven met een man als ik.”

 

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

Fofana Mamadou (52 anos)
«Não dói, mas não é uma visão bonita. As pessoas riem. Posso cobrir o corpo, mas não a cara. A minha mulher deixou-me, porque não conseguia viver com um homem como eu.»

 

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

Location

Conakry, Guinea

Technical information

Shutter speed: 1/350 sec
ISO: 400
F-Stop: 4.8
Focal Length: 80 mm
Camera: Hasselblad H4D-40

Stephan Vanfleteren
Nationality:
Belgium
About:
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.
Commissioner:
Panos for Mercy Ships / De Standaard

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