‘Wearing a black T-shirt with the words Power of Freedom emblazoned in red, rapper Jerreh Badjie (stage name Retsam), is part of a tight circle of young Gambian dissidents pushing for an end to the country’s totalitarian regime… ‘
read more here – words by Louise Hunt, for The Guardian + more images © Jason Florio
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VQR Feature: Migrants and refugees rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) – image ©Jason Florio/MOAS
for my essay ‘Out of the Sea’ on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.
VQR has been a home for my work for a number of years
and I would like to thank the VQR team for continuing to champion my work and
honoring me with this awar
d” Jason Florio
Big congratulations to the other VQR 2016 winners
Read the entire ‘Out of the Sea‘ feature and view the series of portraits on the Virginia Quarterly Review site. All images © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU
Image © Jason Florio – President Yahya Jammeh, The Gambia, West Africa
‘Gambia: Will this election finally be a chance for opposition parties to oust the president?’ Newsweek – words by Louise Hunt, 11/23/16
On board one of the migrant wooden boats – overloaded with 700+ men, women, and children – in the Mediterranean Sea © Jason Florio /MOAS.EU
Boat destroyed to stop Libyan smugglers reusing it after 22 migrant/refugees are rescued from it by theMOAS search and rescue team, off the coast of Libya ©Jason Florio/MOAS.EU
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Jason Florio is currently back at sea, with the MOAS SAR team (search and rescue), onboard the Phoenix , patrolling the waters just off the coast of Libya.
The stormy weather meant that the first couple of days down in the SAR area were quiet but today, as the sea calmed, all that changed and the team has been busy with rescues all morning.
More updates to come. In the meantime, please follow Jason Florio/Instagram and Floriophotonyc/Twitter for regular updates