What the dams kept safe

Melissa Carnemolla



Westkapelle is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages in Walcheren (NL).

If you cross the dam from Domburg to east Zoutelande, you will see a collection of red roofs with an almost southern European aspect.

Westkapelle owes this mediumistic character to a bombing by the allies during the Second World War, after which it was necessary to rebuild almost the whole village.

This is the setting where Joost Flikkerdoos, has been engaging in sexual acts with young boys for decades.

Many in the village had known for a long time but only in 2011, the case broke out.

Considering the conservative character of the village, it is not excluded that played a fundamental role in the decision to maintain a state of denial.

Through the eyes of a foreigner, this project seeks to portray the state of denial in the

Westkapelle case.

In order to protect the anonymity of the victim, with whom I was in contact, and not to unnecessarily damage his integrity, I rely on already public journalistic sources.

The people portrayed are current villagers to whom I have not asked any questions related to the case, so their personal stories cannot be defined.

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