Photo of the Day: The smiles say it all – rescued boat migrants from Eritrea- Image © Jason Florio/MOAS-eu

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Instagram image © Jason Florio/MOAS-eu – May 4th, 2015, aboard the Phoenix – Migrant Offshore Aid Station

 

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Photo of the Day: Prayers of Thanks – rescued in the Mediterranean Sea © Jason Florio

 

ERITREAN PRAYERS ON BOARD RESCUE BOAT © JASON FLORIO/MOAS.EU
POST-RESCUE – ERITREAN PRAYERS ON BOARD PHOENIX SAR BOAT © JASON FLORIO/MOAS.EU, 2016

 

Check out Jason Florio’s blog for regular updates on the boat rescues he is documenting for MOAS in the Mediterranean Sea + twitter @floriophotonyc

On a lighter note, Floriotravels, on Instagram

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Photo of the Day: The Phoenix search & rescue team leaves for another mission in the Med.

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The MOAS Phoenix departing the Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta, 27/06/2016 © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Wishing all the team onboard the Phoenix – which also includes photographer, Jason Florio – a safe journey, as they head back down towards the coast of Libya, for their second search and rescue mission of 2016, in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Hard Copy: VQR – Portraits and boat rescues from the Mediterranean Sea – Images by Jason Florio

VQR cover image © Jason Florio  - boat rescues in the Med
VQR cover shot © Jason Florio / MOAS.EU – ‘Out of the Sea‘  – Instagram image © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Part of the power of these portraits lies in context, in learning who the migrants are, and how, amid such wretched circumstances, a democratic mix of citizens emerges—a melting pot of nationalities and ethnicities, of classes and educations. “It was surreal to see these women in their delicate scarves and fancy handbags,” Florio recalls. “With babes in arms—that type of thing. You had shoeless guys from West Africa and then Syrians who looked like they’d gone shopping for the day. Come as they are.Jason Florio – read the full feature online: VQR, Winter Edition 2016

 

VQR: Portraits of refugees and migrants by Jason Florio
VQR: Portraits of refugees and migrants, rescued by MOAS – Migrant Offshore Aid Station – © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU