Wednesday Photo: Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants in the lower decks of an overcrowded people-smuggling fishing boat

©Jason Florio/ 2015. All rights reserved – in the cramped hull of a people-smuggling boat, in the Mediterranean Sea, post-rescue


‘In the fetid bowels the last of an estimated 200 people that were below deck on a fishing boat carrying 416, wait for the rescue team to evacuate them. Many of them were Bangladeshis, who had lived in Libya as skilled guest workers until the security situation made it untenable to remain, forcing them to take the only route possible where already over 1800 had died in the past 6 months in hopes of getting to safety.’  JASON FLORIO


Recently published, along with exclusive black and white portraits of rescued migrants and refugees, a 35-page feature, in VQR – Virginia Quarterly Review – Winter 2016 edition. See more of Florio’s images and read the full feature here.


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VQR cover shot © Jason Florio/, 2015



Battleface: Meet the Storyteller – Jason Florio


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Click here or on above image to read the full interview, with Jason Florio – images © MOAS_EU/Jason Florio, 2015. All rights reserved


Battleface: Describe your most rewarding career moment.

Jason Florio: Completing the first recorded source-sea navigation of the River Gambia, documenting life along one of Africa’s the last, major, free-flowing rivers – a 1044km expedition, by canoe and motorcycle, with my wife and expedition partner, Helen (Jones-Florio).

How do you protect yourself?  How do you measure risk? Other questions,  and more, answered by Jason more, on the Battleface website

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‘150,000 Cross Med.’ in 2015 – Migrant Report

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


Some 150,000 migrants are believed to have reached Europe by sea to date so far in 2015, with virtually all of them landing in Italy (74,947) or Greece (75,970), according to the International Organisation for Migration.. .’ read more on  Migrant Report, by Mark Micallif