‘For the past two years (2015-16), I was embedded with the first search and rescue NGO, MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) to operate rescue ships, specifically to save the lives of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.’ JF
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Jason Florio – onboard the MOAS Phoenix rescue boat with rescued migrants/refugees
In doing so, with more than 100 subjects, Florio has created a humanizing counterpoint to the images that have dominated the narrative of the migration crisis so far. “I know it sounds cliché, but I felt these portraits were an effective way to find the individual in the whole mess. All the images of migrants we’ve seen are of chaotic hordes. I thought it was important to give them a space to represent themselves.” VQR – read full feature and see more portraits and rescue images here
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Left & middle – Syrian refugees, right, humanitarian translator, Mohammed Alshalh, Izmir, Turkey – Dec 2015. iPhone images © Jason Florio Instagram
The last couple of months has seen me travelling, on fact-finding missions about refugees, for Migrant Report and MOAS, in Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Turkey. Next week, I get back on board with MOAS_EU, on their new mission to the Aegean Sea, to document the refugee rescues at sea, off the coast of Greece.
More news coming soon
Scene from the Car: On route from Chittagong to the fishing port of Cox’s Bazar, stuck in major traffic – as in, we aren’t getting anywhere fast. JF, Oct 26, 2015
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