Slate: Learning to Love the Sea Again

After surviving traumatic journeys, children of the refugee crisis are getting swimming lessons. This story was produced through a partnership between Slate and the Global Migration Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Squeals and laughter pierced the air in the Kara Tepe refugee camp on the small island of Lesbos in the Northern…

In Athens, Refugees Celebrate Eid in Dire Conditions

’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE EID I have grown up celebrating Eid—the grand feast after the Holy month of Ramadan—all my life. But I, like most of the 57,000 refugees currently stuck in various camps across Greece, and Europe, have never spent Eid in a refugee camp. Until this year, that is. On the eve of…

CNN: Starting a Business in a Refugee Camp

In March 2016, during my fourth reporting trip to Greece, I made a short side trip to Jordan, where I reported from the refugee camps and informal settlements for a week. Za’atari Refugee Camp, on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan, is now home to nearly 80,000 Syrian refugees, a fraction of the over 600,000 refugees that currently…

Award: Announcing the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass nominees

Incredibly honored and in disbelief that I have been selected as a nominee for the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass. Thank you! The World Press Photo Foundation is committed to education. The future of visual journalism depends on the dedication of new talent Our many training schemes around the world, led by the annual Joop Swart…

Watch The Radical Imagination: Refugees Welcome

Since January 2015, over 590,000 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq have passed through Lesvos, Greece on their journey to safety and the numbers continue to rise daily. While this story has been a frequent headline in the news, the personal stories of struggle are often overlooked by mainstream media. On this episode of “The…

Mic: Meet the Photographer Capturing What It’s Really Like to Seek Refuge in Greece

Though the Nobel Peace Prize has only previously been awarded to noteworthy individuals or organizations, the astounding humanitarian acts of the Greek people this past year could potentially warrant an exception. A group of European academics and copious supporters recently called for the prize to go to the Greek citizens who responded to the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing crisis-ridden…

The National Herald: Columbia U. Journalism Students Document Lesvos

It was a pleasure being interviewed by Constantine S. Sirigos of The National Herald about my experience covering the refugee crisis in Europe while also pursuing a full-time master’s degree at Columbia University School of Journalism. Several of my photos from coverage also appear in the article. “Oswald had been monitoring the Syrian civil war and the…