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Documenting a Death by Euthanasia

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The New York Times

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🗓️ 24 January 2022

⏱️ 37 minutes

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Summary

This episode contains strong language. Marieke Vervoort was a champion Paralympic athlete from Belgium. 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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I've been covering a lot of funerals.

0:20.0

I find myself at the graveside surrounded by family members.

0:25.2

I put myself in their situation and what would I do if I had lost my mother?

0:29.5

Or if I had lost my father or one of my siblings to this pandemic?

0:35.4

Sadly, the feeling is quite familiar in a sense that I've spent so much of my career covering

0:41.8

death and covering these really traumatic moments.

0:49.3

My name is Lindsay Adario.

0:51.1

We've been reporting on the dire situation in Somalia where a devastating famine has only

0:55.8

been spreading.

0:57.3

I have spent the better part of the last two decades covering conflict and humanitarian

1:02.3

crises.

1:03.3

Now we've got some truly important images to share with you, taken by award-winning photojournalist

1:09.3

Lindsay Adario.

1:11.1

In most of my experiences covering Iraq and Afghanistan and Democratic Republic of Congo

1:17.9

and Darfur, I'm photographing people who are trying not to die, who are trying to stay

1:24.1

alive at all costs.

1:28.2

Marike was the first person I had really met who wanted to die.

1:37.7

Hello.

1:41.7

Here you're talking with Mrs. Marshmallow.

1:47.0

No.

1:48.0

I had never met or photographed anyone who would constantly talk about how much she was looking

2:00.1

forward to that moment where she could finally be at peace.

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