B&B’s contributors are freelance citizen journalists, contributing to B&B’s editorial production with independently pitched stories. Contributors range from experienced journalists to illustrators, artists and musicians, poets and academics. Contributors are followed by a Creative Editor throughout the production of their story, until publication on B&B and wider international media.
Hawzhin Azeez is a Kurdish academic, activist, poet, and intersectional feminist from Southern Kurdistan (north Iraq). Since 2015 she has been working and living in Kobane, Northern Syria on the rebuilding of Kobane through the Kobane Reconstruction Board after it was liberated from ISIS. Later, Hawzhin became the co-founder the non-governmental organization Hevi (meaning hope in Kurdish) working in northern Syria and northern Iraq regions working with women, children and refugees. Hawzhin is the founder of the Middle Eastern Feminist and can be found at her blog hawzhin.press or on Twitter
Valeria Alice Colombo
Valeria is a physician, mostly working in paediatrics and neonatal intensive care. Since 2015 she has been actively involved in projects aimed to support refugees and migrants coming to Europe. In November 2018 she became a crew member on the rescue vessels in Central Mediterranean, where she is currently working on rescue missions.
Francesco Piobbichi is a social illustrator and artist, using illustrations and drawings to support oral testimonies and storytelling. He has published many drawings on newspapers and curated three illustration books: ‘Disegni Dalla Frontiera’ (edt Claudiana); ‘Sulla dannata terra’ (ed Claudiana) and ‘Sul Mare Spinato’ (ed Confrinti). He works as a social worker for the Mediterranean Hope project since 2013.
Priyanka Raval is a freelance journalist, budding illustrator and videographer. Having specialised in development, human rights and global governance during her post-grad studies in London, Priyanka now uses her journalism to tell the human stories that lie behind political contexts. She has lived and travelled through India, finding herself odd jobs as a mural painter, before becoming a writer for India Today in Mumbai. Most recently, Priyanka was a correspondent at the Daily Star in Lebanon reporting on the local and MENA region stories.
Matteo is a Rome-based freelance photojournalist and contributor for Zuma Press Agency. Since graduating from the Institute of Photography in Rome, Matteo’s work focuses on social issues, particularly related to refugees and migrants. His most recent project took him to Bosnia where he followed the new Balkan route. His investigative reportage exposing EU border police brutality was recently published in Vice. Matteo’s pictures has been published in Vouge, Tuoi, Giornalettismo, Ansa, Pantografo, News.ru, Inforadio, Trieste all news, Taloussanomat. His full work can be viewed here: https://matteotrevisan.