Eugénie Baccot

Documentary Photographer

The Clowns of Fekat

Their felt caps, red noses and make-up bags are stored in a metal closet on the top floor of the Addis Ababa government hospital. Like every morning Dr. Meron and her colleagues Ahmed, Shimeles and Berhanu arrive discreetly through the back door. From the ranks of the Fekat Circus, Ethiopia's largest circus, laughter doctors have been working in the paediatric ward since 2009. While the doctors take care of the aches and pains of these little patients, the clown doctors take care of their morale. They are carrying hundreds of soap bubbles, coloured balloons and red noses in their wake.