Displaying items by tag: The UnBulgarians
Andrea Gencheva is a 30-year-old Hungarian from Serbia, and has an MA in English literature. She settled in Bulgaria in 2011 with her Bulgarian husband, and now teaches English.
The Mohamadi family of 52-year-old watchmaker Radjab and his 43-year-old wife, hairdresser Masume, is from Bamiyan, Afghanistan. They arrived in Bulgaria with their two daughters Khadije, 16, and Narges, 15, in 2012, forced by the unstable situation in their home country. They have applied for refugee status, and have been living in the State Agency for Refugees camp In Ovcha Kupel, Sofia, and the girls go to school. They say that the national costumes in their area of Afghanistan are similar to the ones we photograph them wearing.
Musa Niasi, 27, from Gambia, arrived in Bulgaria in 2013 after he was forced to flee his country because of his anti-government stance. He graduated in accountancy and has a knowledge of computer hardware. In Bulgaria, he is having an internship in front-end web development with the Magic Solutions company. He is applying for asylum.
Nichola and Nicolas Kinson, in their 40s, are from the UK and decided to settle in Bulgaria in 2005 after their visited with their camper. They loved the country and saw its potential as a camping destination. They now own the Camping Veliko Tarnovo, in the village of Dragizhevo.
The 30-year-old car fitter Kone Yaku arrived in Bulgaria from Abidjan in 2012. He is applying for refugee status and has won two cases in a Bulgarian court, but after a "no" from the Supreme Court he is still in limbo. After several months working in a call centre, Kone Yaku is now a model at the National Academy of Arts.
We met 35-year-old theatre costume and stage designer Rin Yamamura a couple of weeks before her latest premiere, Jeanne of D'Arc, directed by Petrinel Gochev, in Gabrovo. Rin Yamamura lives in Sofia, with her the six-year-old daughter.
A day after we meet for the UnBulgarians photo shoot, Zoë Holliday leaves the capital to cycle around Sliven. She is 30 years old, has a degree in philosophy and theology, and worked for eight years in green energy before moving to Sofia.
Two-and-a-half years ago, Mario Montesoro left his native Genoa, where he had a café and was the president of the local association of restaurant owners, and moved to Bulgaria. The 50-year old is now the owner, manager and the sole chef of a small Italian bistro, Pesto, in the Central Sofia.