Ports of Hope, Malta – candlelit vigil

Ports of Hope, a candlelit vigil to honor the lives lost at sea and the need for solidarity, Valletta, Malta, 5th July 2018 ©Helen Jones-Florio
Ports of Hope, a candlelit vigil to honor the lives lost at sea and the need for solidarity, Valletta, Malta, 5th July 2018 ©Helen Jones-Florio

Candlelit Vigil, Malta – Ports of Hope

Ports of Hope, a candlelit vigil to honor the lives lost at sea and the need for solidarity, Valletta, Malta, 5th July 2018 ©Jason Florio
Ports of Hope, a candlelit vigil to honor the lives lost at sea and the need for solidarity, Valletta, Malta, 5th July 2018 ©Jason Florio

 

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.

 

Ports of Hope, a candlelit vigil to honor the lives lost at sea and the need for solidarity, Valletta, Malta, 5th July 2018 ©Jason Florio
Ports of Hope, a candlelit vigil to honor the lives lost at sea and the need for solidarity, Valletta, Malta, 5th July 2018 ©Jason Florio

 

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.

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American Photography 34 Slideshow – image ©Jason Florio ‘Destination Europe’

 

American Photography 34 Winners - image ©Jason Florio - 'Destination Europe' shell-shocked West African migrants on board rescue boat, Mediterranean, as their smugglers dinghy is set on fire in the background
American Photography 34 Winners – image ©Jason Florio – ‘Destination Europe’

 

American Photography 34  slideshow – image ©Jason Florio – ‘Destination Europe‘.
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.  
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A photographer’s take: in conversation with a humanitarian storyteller – Jason Florio

NGO, United Purpose, interview Jason Florio, about his work with them over the last few years, and other documentary photography

Unaccompanied minor, Eritrean, Henock, onboard rescue ship, leads refugees in song of thanks ©Jason Florio
Unaccompanied Eritrean minor, Henock, onboard rescue ship, leads refugees in song of thanks. ©Jason Florio

 

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
Photographer, Jason Florio ©Lamin Ndong
Photographer, Jason Florio. Photo credit: Lamin Ndong

 

See more of Florio’s work with NGO’s

#WorldRefugeeDay 2017 – images by Jason Florio

World Refugee Day 2017 - portraits of Syrian refugees post-rescue - images ©Jason Florio
World Refugee Day 2017 – Images ©Jason Florio. See full series of portraits here

 

Destination Europe‘ – images by Jason Florio, taken over a two-year period, whilst embedded onboard rescue ships in the Aegean & Mediterranean Sea, with Malta-based NGO, MOAS.

Fatima from Daraa, Syria traveling with only with her five young children comforts her 5-year-old twins, Ines and Imed, post-rescue © Jason Florio
Fatima from Daraa, Syria traveling with only with her five young children comforts her 5-year-old twins, Ines and Imed, post-rescue © Jason Florio