About me


Interviewing Biram Dah Abeid, a Mauritanian anti-slavery activist. 

Maria Groot is a freelance journalist

I write human-interest stories as well as investigative articles about topics such as slavery, migrant smuggling and the cultural sector. My cross-border projects were supported by Free Press UnlimitedJournalismfund.eu, Fonds Pascal Decroos and others.

My work has appeared in Slate (US), Courrier International (FR), De Groene Amsterdammer (NL), De Standaard (BE), Roads & Kingdoms (US), MO* (BE), Reader’s Digest (US), Apache (BE) and Internazionale (IT) among others.

I hold a postgraduate degree in International Research Journalism, a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.

I was born in The Netherlands in 1983 and moved to Belgium in 2004. I am currently based in Palermo (Italy)