Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Documenting a death by euthanasia

 From The Daily: 

 Marieke Vervoort was a champion athlete. She had won four Paralympic medals and two triathlon world titles, held four records for track, and competed in the Iron Man in Hawaii in her wheelchair. In 2016, Vervoort, who had a progressive disease, announced her retirement from professional sports and spoke of her desire to undergo euthanasia. Today, we hear Vervoort’s story from Lynsey Addario, a photojournalist who documented the end of her life. “In most of my experiences covering Iraq and Afghanistan and Democratic Republic of Congo and Darfur, I’m photographing people who are trying not to die,” Lynsey said. “Marieke was the first person I had really met who wanted to die.”

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