Pascal, writer

I’m Pascal Laureyn, a Belgian writer, journalist, copywriter and content manager in Europe and Southeast Asia.

I’m a freelance writer for Colruyt Group, De Tijd, KnackEl Pais and IPS (in Dutch and English). I also make pictures.

Since my travels in Southeast Asia I write interesting stories about fascinating people from this region very often.

20 years of experience

In 2016 I moved to Phnom Penh to work. From the Cambodian capital I travel often to all kinds of destinations in Southeast Asia for interesting stories and fascinating people.

Inspiration and insight, that’s what make a journey worthwhile. And I like to share these experiences with you. On this website.

Welcome!

Nowhere to hide for climate change

togoru-smalWhile world leaders are bickering about emissions and protocols, Fiji is being washed or blown away by the rising sea and cyclones. Not even the dead are allowed peace of mind. Fijians have a choice: fight or flee. For IPS (English) and De Tijd (Dutch). Also in Swedish and Spanish.

Back to the source.

My new production is the video ‘People of the Mekong’. In this documentary I’ll follow the river upstream and report on the lives of the 70 million people who depend on the river. I start in Vietnam and I’ll go to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. All the way to the source in Tibet. In English, Dutch and French.

Muslims in Myanmar.

The Rohingya in Myanmar are the victims of ethnic cleansing by the Burmese army. Their misery is well documented. Nationalistic buddhist monks are spreading hate speech and incite violence. We went to visit them. For radiostation VPRO and the magazine Knack (pdf).

The war on drugs.

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines wants to cleanse his people of drugs with no regard for law and justice. This report was made on an ordinary night in the slums of Manila where the bodies are piled up in the morgues. For Radio 1 and the newspaper De Tijd. Read the article in English (pdf)

Logging on life and death.

Cambodian forests may look idyllic, but they are the source of a global black market worth billions. Rare and protected trees are being cut down and sold to China and Europe. The illegal trade is propping up a corrupt regime. We followed the trail of destruction. For the radiostation of Deutsche Welle and the newspaper De Tijd.

From slum to stardom.

The members of this metal band are garbage pickers with an aversion of schools. The grew up in and around a garbage dump in Phnom Penh. Now they are making very powerful music. “I put all my anger in my music”. Watch out for Doch Chkae, the ‘wild dogs’ of Cambodia. They have already reached stardom in their country.

Fascinating stories

Meandering between Mumbai and Manila, I try to tell extraordinary stories about ordinary people. You noticed that I can shape stories in many different ways. Do you have questions or remarks about my work, don’t hesitate to contact me.

See you soon! Kind regards,

Pascal

pascal at atlastronaut dot com