Ports of Hope – a candlelit vigil was held in Valletta, Malta, to honor the lives of those lost at sea, trying to reach a better life, and the need for solidarity – 5th July 2018.
We feel the need to provide a space and opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives in their desperate effort to cross the Mediterranean Sea, hoping to seek asylum, to reach security and a better tomorrow. The horrific loss of life in the Mediterranean continues – somebody’s child, parent, brother, sister, friend, spouse… Ports of Hope.
Shell-shocked West African migrants on board the rescue boat, in the Mediterranean Sea, as their rubber dinghy is set on fire in the background, to prevent the smugglers (who followed them) reusing it.
Congratulations to all the photographers who were eventually chosen.
NGO, United Purpose, interview Jason Florio, about his work with them over the last few years, and other documentary photography
UP: Do you have a favourite photograph?
Jason Florio:It’s a bit like asking someone trying to choose their favourite child (and feeling pangs of guilt!). But I love this image of HenoCk (pictured above), a 14-year-old boy from Eritrea who was rescued in the Mediterranean. During the voyage on the NGO rescue ship, he led other Eritrean refugees in songs of thanks for being saved. A year later, I met him in Zurich for a film I was making… Read more on the UP blog