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The world's largest refugee camp, Kutupalong-Balukhali, in Bangladesh.

One million Rohingya refugees live in the world's largest refugee camp in Bangladesh.

The situation in the camp is horrible. There's a lack of wood, there are no roads - and from June to November, the monsoon floods the camp. Many shelters might be washed away since there are no trees any more that could hold together the hills the shelters are built on. In their desperate search for wood, the refugees even dig up roots.

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A boy carrying wood: refugees have to walk up to eight hours to find wood for their daily use.
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To get wood the refugees even dig up roots - with soil erosion as a consequence.

I visited one of the five hospitals Doctors Without Borders provide.

They‘re as full as any hospital in a city of the refugee camp's size would be, too. But owing to the heavy monsoon rains, latrines could be eroded - with diseases like cholera and typhus as a consequence. In that case, the hospitals would soon have severe capacity problems.

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A mother and her son at a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital.
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A malnourished baby at the MSF hospital in Kutupalong.
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Blick (CH), May 2018.
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Patients at the MSF hospital in Kutupalong.
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A father with his daughter in the MSF hospital's emergency room in Kutupalong.
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Het Parool (NL), June 2018
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Blick am Abend (CH), May 2018

I visited the camp on behalf of Helvetas, Doctors Without Borders and Swiss Solidarity.



Biovision Foundation was founded 1998 with the aim of sustainably improving life for people in Africa while conserving the environment as the basis for all life. In 2018, Biovision assigned me to produce a calendar for its 20th anniversary.



Thanks to the SKY project, young people in Ethiopia learn professional skills in a three-month training programme. After that they can find a job or start their own business more easily. I visited this project on behalf of the Swiss development organisation Helvetas in 2017.



In the northernmost part of Laos, next to the border with China, tea grows on centuries old trees and not, as is usal, on bushes. I visited the tea farmers in Phongsaly for Helvetas.


Helvetas Daulima Titel

One year after the devastating earthquakes in Nepal, I visited the little village of Marbu at the foot of the Himalaya. The two earthquakes in 2015 destroyed Marbu completely. Helvetas supported the villagers with building new and earthquake resilient houses.



People with HIV and Aids in Zimbabwe can get free treatment at the Ruedi Lüthy Foundation's Newlands Clinic in Harare. During several stays in Zimbabwe, I visited many patients of the clinic.

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