Press: ‘Rare photographs document the rescue of hundreds of migrants’ (by MOAS) – Foreign Policy Magazine

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Images © MOAS_EU/Jason Florio, 2015. All rights reserved.

 

For the media, it can be a difficult story to cover. Drownings in remote ocean locales are not places that reporters and photographers can reach easily or rapidly. All too often, the boats they seek to find are lost to the depths before anyone can arrive. So the images the world sees of the migrant crisis are usually those of survivors being led ashore from rescue vessels. Rarely do we see the moment rescuers reach migrants in open waters.

That’s what makes these images so remarkable…’  Read the full feature in Foreign Policy here.

All images © MOAS_EU/Jason Florio, 2015. All rights reserved.

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Related Post: Youtube – Hazardous night rescue of migrants, by MOAS

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Photographer, Jason Florio, flies into Malta, preparing to join MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station)

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Image © Jason Florio – flying into Malta

 

MOAS – Migrant Offshore Aid Station, based in Malta:  dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing assistance to migrants who find themselves in distress while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in unsafe vessels… Read more about the incredible work that MOAS do here.

Last year, the charity helped to save 3,000 migrants during a 60 day mission. Photographer, Jason Florio, flew into Malta earlier last week, in preparation to join the MOAS team, on their boat, ‘Phoenix’, which departs Malta tomorrow, Saturday 2nd May, on it’s first rescue mission of this year.

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Image courtesy of Robert Young Pelton’s FB page

 

I’ll be updating the progress of the Phoenix, as and when I get news from Florio. In light of the last couple of weeks – far too many lives lost so tragically – in the Mediterranean, and the astonishing increase in migrants making the perilous crossing so far this year (‘over 10,100 in the first three months of 2015UNHCR),  it will be a journey worth following.

HJF