Bulgaria

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  • A Few Days in Bulgaria

    I dream I’ve been placed in an impossible situation in which suicide is the only appealing option. Not because of imminent physical destruction or incurable medical problems, but because the prospect of extreme, permanent immiseration appears in the...

  • I Was Kidnapped by a Bulgarian Human Trafficking Ring

    Of the estimated 30 million people trapped in slavery around the world, only about 140,000 of them come from Europe. While that might make some Europeans feel a little better about the continent they're dwelling on (bankrupt and increasingly irrelevant...

  • Elena Geroska Knocks on Strangers' Doors and Asks to Photograph Their Houses

    Elena Geroska is a young photographer from Skopje, Macedonia, who for the past four years has been living and studying in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. For her latest project, 'Traces,' Elena went around the city knocking on strangers' doors and asking...

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  • And This Is How Bulgarians Scare Evil Spirits Away

    Kukeri is a traditional Bulgarian ritual that takes place in an attempt to scare away evil spirits and bring good harvest and health to the community for the year. They do this by imitating sex and giving birth and wearing massive wooden dicks around...

  • Bulgaria’s Immigrant Bummer

    Bulgaria’s “special homes” are essentially prisons for immigrants. The official purpose of these centers is to detain illegal immigrants until they can be deported, but many long-term inmates are refugees seeking asylum who have gotten caught in the...

  • Hey Man, Nice Shot - Video of a Bulgarian Politician Escaping Assassination

    Bulgarian opposition leader Ahmed Dogan survived an attempted assassination today in the nation’s capital Sofia after a gunman rushed the lectern where the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms Party was speaking. But when the would-be...