The Caravan's Journal is a global network of correspondents and creators. Our dream is to increase understanding and empathy across borders. To achieve that aim, we employ two strategies.
Firstly, we invite Europe's young and most passionate storytellers to international training events to learn from their colleagues across the world. Journalists, photographers, academics, artists and other storytellers can participate. We select locations that challenge everyone to dig deep and learn fast. The participants receive masterclasses from the best mentors and experts while working on productions and collaborations of their own. For more information, visit Caravan.
On the other hand, our independent storytellers travel the world in search of those stories that shine a light on the complex systems and dynamics of the global society. By talking to real people living in challenging times and telling their story, we aim to make the big issues in world politics more human and comprehensible. Our work features topics that otherwise receive far too little attention in Western Europe. Those who are curious for the narratives we have collected, take a look at Journal.
All photography by Johannes De Bruycker
Europe is amid a ‘perfect storm’. Renewed tensions between Russia and the European Union, mass migration and continued inequality between its members contribute to an explosive cocktail. One would expect European member states to join forces and remember its ideology of ‘never again war’, which once inspired closer cooperation. But the opposite is often true. Leaders tap into mutual distrust and blindly accuse each other of betraying European values.
We bring you ‘Nestor’, a magazine on Central and Eastern Europe, created by The Caravan’s Journal. Our storytelling from ten different countries deals with some of the core issues that define the region today. Nestor aims to ignore taboos, demolish stereotypes and counter dominant narratives from Brussels and Warsaw. The reporters cross the Oder-Neisse and walk along the Danube. Walk in their footsteps to discover the traits of young democracies. Full of pride, eagerness and resentment. It’s Nestor’s ambition to start a debate and provoke questions, to ultimately foster more understanding and mutual respect.
And of course you're invited to our pre-launch event in May.