Thessa Lageman

Thessa Lageman

Den Haag, Netherlands

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Thessa Lageman

Hi, I am a Journalist, Photographer, Researcher/ Fixer, Arabist, based in The Netherlands (Holland). 

I have written and done research for a wide range of clients, including Al Jazeera English, BBC, The Atlantic's CityLab, Vice, The Sydney Morning Herald,  the European Union, Facebook and many Dutch publications like De Volkskrant, De Correspondent, Elsevier and Het Parool. I often take photos accompanying my stories as well. 

My topics include migrants, minorities, terrorism, the environment, human rights, development, energy, travel, food, business, culture, art and science.

I have lived and worked in Europe, Asia and Africa. At the moment, I am based in The Hague, The Netherlands and often travel to other parts of the world. 

I studied Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies (I hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Radboud University Nijmegen) and Journalism (post-Master from Erasmus University Rotterdam). I also studied Photography at the Fotoacademie Amsterdam, and hold a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

Before starting my current career, I worked as a travel author for the Dutch publisher ANWB Media and as a writer and editor specialising in academic research at Erasmus University Rotterdam. I've also worked at the Dutch embassy in Kuwait and the Iraqi embassy in The Hague.



Creating a buzz: Using bees to pull people out of poverty


The cemetery of unknown refugees from the Mediterranean Hundreds of people have been buried outside Zarzis, Tunisia, after drowning while attempting to cross the sea.


I worked as a researcher/ fixer for this Dutch documentary about youth in Tunisia in 2016.


Life in Tunisia's closed refugee camp: 'I lost my mind' Years after UNHCR shut down Choucha refugee camp, dozens of people continue to struggle for survival in decrepit tents.


Unemployed Tunisians on hunger strike #Tunisia A group of long-term unemployed Tunisians went on a hunger strike last month under the motto ‘Work or die’


Probing the fate of Tunisia's missing migrants Commission to investigate what happened to 520 people who disappeared after illegally crossing to Italy.


Islamic State fears take hold in Netherlands Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.


Could Oman be next domino in Middle East's arc of instability?


Tunisian winemakers remain upbeat despite concerns

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