Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a free panel discussion at the Newseum in Washington, DC, where journalists, photojournalists, and MSF representatives will talk about telling the stories of people who’ve been forced from home in the largest displacement crisis the world has known since World War II.
How do they convey the scope and scale of the current refugee crisis to the American public? How do they try to tell individual stories when the overall numbers—65 million displaced globally—are so daunting? Whether they’re covering people in France or South Sudan, the Central African Republic or Syria, Ukraine or Burundi, these are the questions they must confront when trying to get people to pay attention.
A Q&A will follow the discussion.
Deb Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR’s award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. She spent nearly a decade in television news, including ABC’s Nightline and World News Tonight and the PBS programs NOW with Bill Moyers and Frontline. From 1985 until 1993, Amos spend most of her time at NPR reporting overseas, including as the London Bureau Chief and as an NPR foreign correspondent based in Amman, Jordan.
Brian Sokol is an independent photographer dedicated to documenting human rights issues and humanitarian crises in conflict-affected societies. His photography has been published in TIME, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and Der Spiegel. He has also photographed for humanitarian agencies such as UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP, MSF, and CARE.
Phil Zabriskie is the editorial director for MSF-USA. From 2001 to 2008, Zabriskie lived and worked throughout Asia and the Middle East as a staff writer and special projects correspondent for Time, and also wrote for National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, The Washington Post Magazine, and others.
Moderated by Margaret Warner, chief foreign affairs correspondent for PBS NewsHour and founder of the NewsHour’s Overseas Reporting Unit. Warner has produced numerous in-depth reports on countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Russia, and China, frequently focusing on the plight of refugees and others displaced by conflict and other factors. Her coverage of Pakistan won an Emmy Award and the Edward Weintal Prize for International Reporting from Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
NOTE: Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early. If you have not checked-in prior to five minutes before the start of the panel, your reservation is no longer guaranteed.
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About Forced From Home:
Presented by Doctors Without Borders, Forced From Home is a free interactive exhibition designed to raise public awareness of the world’s 65 million refugees. With an experienced Doctors Without Borders aid worker as your guide, you'll see, hear, and interact with images, stories, and materials gathered from refugee camps, rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world. Gain a deeper understanding of the global refugee crisis, the challenges faced by those who have been forced from home, and the humanitarian assistance offered by Doctors Without Borders.
To schedule a tour of Forced From Home in Washington, DC, visit this web page.