In 2001, the Dutch government detained the Sandrien La Paz in North Amsterdam. The cargo ship, on its way to an Indian ship-breaking beach, was full of asbestos and other toxic materials. A newspaper article aroused the curiosity of Henk Wildschut and Raimond Wouda. The crew were not permitted to go home. The two photographers followed their plight for 1.5 years. The crew’s deteriorating situation was immediate cause for the two men to publish their photos in the newspaper Het Parool. There wasgreat public indignation and politicians finally took action. Shortly after the publication, the crew were allowed to go home. To this date, the Sandrien remains an unresolved political and environmental issue.
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