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Belgium, Dampremy, a poor district of Charleroi

In winter of 2007, Jochems accidentally found himself in Dampremy, a suburb of the Wallon city of Charleroi, « discredited » in Belgium. Soon he saw the « beauty in the ugliness » of this neighbourhood, consisting of no more than five streets. Nothing but derelict terrains in between houses. Poverty, unemployment neglect and inequality crammed in a few square kilometres. Imminent danger seems constantly present. Yet there is no panic, nor melancholy. Irresolution might be the best word for it.

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