Djibouti does deals with everybody, the exile Frenchman said. He’s living in Djibouti City for almost three decades, is married to his second Djibouti wife, and owns a transport company. Not being picky was probably born out of historic necessity, as Djibouti always was a spot of many interests. For thousands of years the Gulf of Aden…… Continue reading The Desert at Lac Abbe in Djibouti
Trading with salt from Lac Assal in Djibouti goes back to bartering with Abyssinian caravans by local Afar and Issa tribes. The lake is situated 155 metres below sea level in one of the hottest places on Earth.
What looks like Picasso’s rendering of a bull is actually a Chukudu. These cargo bicycles are ingeniously built from wood from eucalyptus trees and spare parts of old disused cars. They characterize the street scenes of Goma in the Congo. Chukudu bikes can transport loads of several hundred kilograms. The wooden wheels are often wrapped…… Continue reading Chukudu Cargo Bikes in the Congo
Cargo bicycles are widely used for the transportation of goods and passengers in Rwanda – the land of thousand hills. For a cyclist, these hills make riding strenuous as there is hardly ever a flat stretch of road. Many riders of Team Rwanda, the cycling team based in Ruhengeri, have started as taxi or cargo bikers.
Nyiragongo volcano overviews the jungle in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There’s glowing steam rising from the crater illuminating the passing clouds at the night sky.
In Rwanda, cargo bicycles are widely used for the transportation of goods and passengers. The bikes have to be robust as the cargo can reach a weight of 100 kg or more. They are often colorfully decorated and equipped with horns. In the land of a thousand hills, cyclists often try to get a grip…… Continue reading Rwanda Cargo Bicycles
April 2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. The beauty of Rwanda’s landscape contrasts with the horror that happened in these hills.
As we move houses soon, I am constantly tidying up these days. Wrapped in old newspapers, I discovered two old black and white prints made from photos I took in 1989 in East Berlin, only months before the fall of the Berlin Wall. I was about 17 and dreaming of becoming a photojournalist. My favourite…… Continue reading Goose Steps in East Berlin, 1989
To mark the two-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that triggered the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years, Greenpeace protesters demonstrated in Bern against nuclear energy and the nuclear reactor in Mühleberg in particular.