Zimbabwe Exodus (2007)

In November 2007 I visited Southern Africa to make a series on the diaspora from Zimbabwe to South Africa. According an ICRC report that summer, 5000 people fled Zimbabwe every day because of the economical malaise. It started me thinking: how many days to count when the country is empty. Zimbabwe Exodus shows the journey of these people from Harare to Johannesburg, South Africa. The series Zimbabwe Exodus won a number of awards, including Dutch photojournalist of the year, a special recognition in the POYi World Understanding Award 2009, and was successfully used by the Human Rights Watch lobby to help bring about a change of asylum policy in South Africa towards Zimbabweans.