For 40 years, Albania was weighed down by the severe communist Hoxha regime. Despite the fact that the regime was ousted, the people still suffer: Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Volkskrant newspaper trainee Bart Mühl (1983, Naarden) travelled to Albania for his final exam assignment for the Dutch Photo Academy. His images show the local aid worker Taipi in his work to help fellow Albanians. With Dutch support Taipi gives the people heart, shows interest in them and provides them with some of life’s bare necessities.