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Ingrid Gercama

I am an award-winning print & photojournalist currently based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I write for various Dutch and international media (including The BBC, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and De Groene Amsterdammer) about cross-border issues such as migration, climate, and public health. I have held several reporting grants, including from EJC, Robert Bosch Stiftung, FBJP, Free Press Unlimited and the Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting, and was awarded the 2015 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize in 2015.

 
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This immersive project, Smoke and Mirrors, uses photos, videos, and infographics to show the scale and significance of the indoor cooking killer. It explores the intertwined issues of Malawi’s health crisis and looks at the solutions and people affected. ‘When there is too much smoke, I have to go for air and take a deep breath,’ says Tina Chirwa. ‘The smoke is giving me headaches and tears in my eyes. It makes me cough – I have a burning sensation in my chest.’ Her children cough constantly – and meanwhile she and other women have to walk for hours each day to collect firewood. In doing so they also contribute to the country’s deforestation.


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From the deadly smoke used in cooking over an open fire in Guatemala to the contaminated waste produced by a tanneries in Bangladesh, pollution is taking its toll on our air, water, and soil. Toxic Planet: The Global Health Crisis, featuring the work of Pulitzer Center journalists reporting from 11 countries, highlights the consequences of new and old technologies—focusing on environmental concerns, risks, challenges, and possible solutions. Article on indoor air pollution in Malawi for the Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting. Ebook available for $2,27 on Kindle via Amazon.


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