First Screening of “Bilder Krieg – Picturing War” in Germany

On Saturday, Konstantin Flemig showed his movie “Bilder Krieg – Picturing War” for the first time to a German audience. The movie was screened at the venues of the Sprechsaal in Berlin Mitte, where the War Zone Freelance Exhibition is currently showing their photos. One of the founders and exhibitors, Benjamin Hiller, is also the protagonist of the documentary. The film focuses entirely on the perilous and financially challenging work of freelancers in combat zones, the time before, during and after travelling. The exhibition at the Sprechsaal will be on display until April 15th. If you haven’t been there yet, …

The War Zone Freelance Exhibition in Berlin

On March 18, my friends and colleagues over at the War Zone Freelance Exhibition opened their newest exhibition in the venues of the Sprechsaal in Berlin, Germany. They show the work they have done over the years from countries like Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, or Jordan. The exhibition also includes various footage from their journeys and stresses the important work of translators and fixers, whom we journalists are in close relation with in order to do our job. On Thursday, they will have a panel discussion on how the media deals with graphic footage from war zones. If you can, go …

A day with the lifesavers of Sea-Watch

Today I was invited to spend a day with the lifesavers of Sea-Watch from Germany to document their important work. They are stand-by 24/7 to guard the coast of Lesbos in Greece to find and rescue refugee boats coming from Turkey. Without their endeavours, a lot more names would be on the list of people that have drowned and died and unnecessary death in the Aegean Sea, trying to find refuge in Europe.

The martyr’s cemetery of Hezbollah in Beirut

If you are interested in Lebanon’s main Shia party and you happen to be in Beirut, make sure to check out the main cemetery of martyrs in Beirut. In Arabic it’s called “روضة الشهيدين“, which means “Place of two martyrs” in English. Many of the party’s fighters have died during the 2006 war with Israel, and since secretary general Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah decided to send his troops to battle in Syria alongside with Al-Assad’s troops, the number of martyrs quickly increased. The whole cemetery is quite big, yet these photos only show the roofed main hall, where many prominent members …

Qalaat El Hosn near Majdal Anjar

In the Lebanese border town of Majdal Anjar there is not much to see except for the Lebanese-Syrian border crossing not even a kilometre away. But the city has a hill that can be seen from far, and if you dare to drive your car through the small alleys of this town, you’ll find yourself with a beautiful view on a Syrian border crossing on one side and the Bekaa valley on the other. The building on the hill itself is not publicly accessible though, because of its strategic significance on an elevated position, it is a Lebanese air-defence outpost, …

Oscar Niemeyer Fair in Tripoli, Lebanon

Last weekend I visited Tripoli in Northern Lebanon again, this time to take a full afternoon and admire the beauty of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s legacy in Lebanon. Niemeyer built a fair for the city, and construction was about to be finished within the next years, when the civil war in Lebanon started and halted any further progress. Today, about 15 buildings are still standing.

Baalbek, Lebanon

The city of Baalbek (Arabic: “بعلبك“) in Lebanon is situated right in the heart of the Bekaa valley. Baalbek is a predominantly Shia city with roughly 80.000 inhabitants. Most foreign visitors visit Baalbek for its massive Roman ruins. The city is a stronghold of Hezbollah and features one of the country’s most beautiful mosques, called Sayyeda Khawla. Khawla (السيدة خولة بنت الحسي) was a daughter of Imam Hussein and is allegedly buried in this mosque. The mosque is an example of Iranian Islamic architecture, because it was built with Iranian money. The mosque is open for interested non-Muslims as well …

The ruins of Anjar, Lebanon

The city of Anjar, or “عنجر” in Arabic, is situated in the Beqaa valley, not even ten kilometres away from the border to Syria. Anjar used to be a big city during the Umayyad period, and has been preserved as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1984.

A visit to Tyre, Lebanon

Tyre, or “Sur”, as it is called in Arabic, is a big city in the south of Lebanon and was heavily damaged in the 2006 war with Israel. Nowadays, Sur has a thriving little souk, roman baths and the remains of what used to be a “circus maximus” from the Roman era. Right next to the archaeological site is one of Lebanons smallest Palestinian camps, Al Bass refugee camp.

Tripoli, Lebanon

Tripoli, or “Trablus” in Arabic, is my favourite city in Lebanon. It is the only city in this country that has a proper souk, people speak Arabic without using French or English at the same time and it’s a much more genuine and authentic city than for example Beirut. You can get amazing food for very affordable prices and the old city is very beautiful, and similar to Syrian cities like Aleppo. Don’t miss the big mosque of Tripoli, the Mansouri mosque, or the Hamams in this city, that are being renovated at the moment. One Hamam is still functional …