In the original program, Özcan Akyol, also known as Eus, cuts out famous politicians, scientists, athletes and artists to talk about their stories. So now refugees tell their story to the presenter and hairdresser.
In the first episode, 28-year-old Karina Herasimenko from Kiev tells her story. She fled to the Netherlands in February because of the Russian invasion with her two children and mother. Her father and husband stayed behind in Ukraine. The five-part special De Gevluchte Gast can be seen at BNNVARA on NPO 2 from 16 to 19 May at 10.10 p.m. and on 20 May at 9 p.m.
“I thought this special was important to make, because I’m curious about the human story behind the terrible news,” says Akyol about the series. “You see five unique stories that are all accompanied by deep-seated emotions. Each of them had built a life before the flight and that life falls away in one go. But we also see the enormous resilience and that each of them has been reborn in a country of which they do not speak the language.”
The 38-year-old presenter is currently dealing with “serious threats” aimed at him and that of his family and the people with whom he works, he said earlier in his radio program Onze man in Deventer. Akyol is not only protected at home, but also when he goes to “something announced”. Akyol informs the ANP that the episodes for De Gevluchte Gast have already been recorded before.