by Berckmans Peter June. 09, 2018 350 views

Imagine you are living in your house in the place you are born and raised, where you know everybody and the living is good. Than our gouvermont decides that your village is needed for the expansion of the port of Antwerp and everybody is evicted. Getting undermarket prices for your home and no place to go. That is what happened in the village of Doel, it is one of the remaining polderplaces still there, many has gone in the past. But and there is a big but, you get out and the village is left alone, abandoned for listen good, not 5 not 10 not 15 not 20years but untill today more than 20y it is still there. Your home was vandalised and squaters came in, lived there happy for 15y and more. Nowadays all the house are boarded up with metal plates and access is restricted. Some people never left and are still fighting for there village, I think about 20 people still live there.They get my full support. What for me is the hardest about this place is, it has turned in a tourist attraction, busses with tourist come here daily now. When walking around here and talking with some people, the place made me feel very sad.

One of the words on one of the houses spoke just the plain truth:


Old gasstation

The old school

The old school

The money on this machine is still in Belgiuan Franks and not in Euros

The old school

Something I hoped never to see here, a school with barbwire

Imagine your bathroom

Somebodies pride and joy, a workingshed or what is left of it

The place is covered with not high standing streetart. This is only a small part of the pictures I took. Maybe there will be a second post.

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Jay Boggess 3 years ago

What a shame.......Politics/$$$ always seems to come before the rights & concerns of the citizenry....sigh......
Nice camera work!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years ago

Sad but true,thanks

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Jay Boggess Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 years ago

Seems to be worldwide & throughout history.....sigh....

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Andi Saw 3 years ago
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Berckmans Peter Replied to Andi Saw 3 years ago

The project is stopped,in the waistbin . An entire village empty in ruins.

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Ken Gordon 3 years ago

Hey Peter...Great collection of photo's...Thank you for sharing this part of the world with all of us...

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Ken Gordon 3 years ago

I am proud on my city but not of our politicians who make stupid calls. Glad you like it

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Antonio Gil 3 years ago

It happens all over the world. I've read that something similar also happened in my country some years ago. The pictures are great, and this place could be used as an amazing set for a movie.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years ago

Maybe they should and pay the people sometjing extra.Sad thing is , the latest news is that the city is not going to use it for expansion of the port.

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