Boys save roe deer from drowning

This 1 June 2018 video is about a male roe deer swimming in a canal near Noordseschut village in Drenthe province in the Netherlands.

The animal could not climb out of the water as the banks were too high. The deer got tired and threatened to drown.

Then, three boys jumped into the water. One of them put the roe deer on a bank. After resting for five minutes on the bank, the deer ran away,


Somali-Dutch woman’s election victory after racist abuse

An Emmen voter welcomes election candidate Ugbaad Kilincci

This photo shows an Emmen (Drenthe province in the Netherlands) voter welcoming local election candidate Ugbaad Kilincci.

Unfortunately, not everyone in Emmen welcomed this member of the ‘center left’ PvdA party.

Ms Kilincci, while she was campaigning, was called a “black monkey” and “headscarf [‘kopvod’, literally ‘animal head rag’] mongoloid“. She was also told that she had to “fuck off to Africa“.

NOS TV reports today:

Kilincci said afterwards: “I want to dedicate myself to the people of Emmen, but I am being rejected as if I do not belong to it.” While this is really my town, I grew up here in the Emmerhout district, and Emmen is mine as well.”

When her parents fled from the war in Somalia, Ugbaad Kilincci came along to the Netherlands as a one-year-old girl.

On local election day, 21 March, Ms Kilincci was on the 12th spot of the PvdA list. Normally, that would have meant no local council seat for her. However, preferential votes for Ugbaad Kilincci made her ‘jump’ over candidates higher on the list. So, now she is a council member.

The PvdA in Emmen won one extra council seat. That was exceptional. Nearly in all other local authorities, the PvdA vote went down sharply, leaving only 50% or less from the previous election’s votes. That is because until recently, the PvdA were junior partners in a coalition national government with the right-wing VVD party, helping it with its pro-Big Business and anti-poor people policies.

Racism in Dutch election campaign

Ugbaad Kilincci

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today, about Drenthe province:

The Somali Dutch woman Ugbaad Kilincci, a PvdA

‘center left’ political party, sister party of British Labour, German SPD etc.

local council candidate in Emmen, was abused several times yesterday. The woman, while she was campaigning, was called a “black monkey” and “headscarf [‘kopvod’, literally ‘animal head rag’] mongoloid“. She was also told that she had to “fuck off to Africa“.

Kilincci tried to keep smiling, but eventually went home. “I’ve always stayed kind. I told these people that I did not agree with them and then wished they would have a nice day, but at one point, I had no more words”, she told Dagblad van het Noorden daily.

Ms Kilincci has lived in the Netherlands ever since she was one year old.

Geert Wilders‘ xenophobic PVV party participates in the 21 March local election in Emmen.

Nuthatch hammering on beechnut

This 27 February 2018 video shows a nuthatch hammering on a beechnut.

Lammert Feijen made this video in the Fochteloërveen nature reserve, on the border between Friesland and Drenthe provinces in the Netherlands.

Red-backed shrike nest attacked by weasel

This June-July 2017 webcam video from Bargerveen nature reserve in Drenthe province in the Netherlands shows a red-backed shrike nest. A parent feeds the young birds.

Later, a weasel attacks the nest.