People of Mercy

11 October 2012

Thierno Malal Diallo (38)


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

Conakry, Guinea

Thierno Malal Diallo (38)
“Five years ago, I felt something on my face. It was growing fast and started to hurt.”

Prior to an operation for severe ameloblastoma (tumor of the jaw), Thierno could not speak, and could barely breathe.  The operation, which offered only a 50 percent chance of alleviating his condition, was successful, and further surgery is to follow.


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

Thierno Malal Diallo (38)


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

Thierno Malal Diallo (38)


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

Thierno Malal Diallo (38)


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


Conakry, Guinea

Technical information

Shutter speed: 1/180 sec
ISO: 400
F-Stop: 4.8
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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