Kort verhaal dat werd gepubliceerd in literair tijdschrift de Revisor (02-10-2017)
Mensen denken vaak dat we met lichten naar elkaar seinen, in een morsetaal die alleen wij begrijpen. Het is eenvoudiger dan dat. Je rijdt langs elkaar, werpt een eerste blik bij elkaar in de auto, en als je allebei nieuwsgierig bent geworden maak je een ruime draai over de parkeerplaats, precies zoals wij deden. Want ook al reed hij in een Honda met roestplekken op de deur, ik zag dat hij was wat ik zocht.
Published in Deutsche Welle on 8 August 2017
LIMA, Peru – Max Coloma, 33, shares a little apartment in the district of San Martín de Porres. It’s one of the poorer suburbs of Lima where crime thrives after the sun has gone down. But for the Venezuelan former lawyer this doesn’t matter; compared to Venezuela, where hunger and violence has pushed the country to the edge of collapse, the streets of Lima are a paradise. At least it’s possible to walk around in Peru without having to fear for your life.
When he came to Peru about two years ago, Coloma started out by making arepas – a type of corn flour bread, sold everywhere in Venezuela. Waiting at bus stops and other busy places, he sold these Venezuelan traditional delicacies to passersby. Now his venture has evolved into a delivery service. In his apartment kitchen, this Venezuelan bends over his small stove to cook his meals. Simple sandwiches have turned into a unique kind of fusion food, mixing the Peruvian kitchen with recipes from his home country Venezuela.
Tucson, Arizona – Josh had never felt so angry. A small remark made by his wife triggered an argument that turned into something bigger and, before he knew it, he had smashed and broken his Xbox games console and terrified his wife.
They’d argued a lot since he had returned from military deployment, so she already knew that he was going through a difficult time. But that day was particularly bad and the 31-year-old army veteran was charged with domestic violence after their neighbours called the police.
Gepubliceerd in Het Parool op 17 juli 2017
Published in Deutsche Welle on 20 July 2017
A dilapidated concrete structure stands in the middle of the field in Ayacucho, around 570 kilometers southeast of the capital Lima. This is where the gasoline was kept, Juana Carrión tells DW. In front of it, overgrown by weeds, are the stone ruins of what used to be three ovens. This is where bodies were burned; forensic archaeologists found the charred remains of bones. The rest of the field is a mass grave called La Hoyada. The contours of the squares in which the archaeologists made their last excavations in 2014 are still visible under the weeds. The remains of an estimated 110 people were found.
During the civil war, between 1980 and 2000, this area was used as a training ground for the army, which still has its base up on the hill. It became a so-called death camp where the army would take the people suspected of being part of the Shining Path guerrilla group.
Gepubliceerd op 19 juni 2017 in het Nederlands Dagblad
Gepubliceerd in het zomernummer van Bouillon! magazine
Published on Deutsche Welle on 11 June 2017
When he came out of Ancón prison in March, Italian-born Davide Cannavo, 33, was lucky enough to have Peruvian friends of his family who picked him up and provided a place to stay. Many foreigners stand lost in front of the prison gates, in a deserted area on the outskirts of the capital. However, Cannavo’s acquaintances couldn’t bring him to the airport; after spending almost seven years in prison for attempting to smuggle cocaine out of the country, he wasn’t free to leave the country yet.
Foreign ex-convicts have to go through a bureaucratic process in Peru which takes, on average, around 8 months to complete. They need to get their reparation and rehabilitation documents, which take time to complete and, furthermore, need to be paid for. These documents then have to be approved by the police and migration ministry for foreign ex-convicts to leave the country. It’s a difficult process for foreigners.