Ben Mauk, Laura Kasinof, George Butler and Diana Markosian
In a special collaboration with the Virginia Quarterly Review, four of our grantees—Ben Mauk, Laura Kasinof, George Butler and Diana Markosian—take an in-depth look at what it means to be a refugee in Europe today. Ben spent a year visiting the small German village of Sumte (pop. 102) as it tries to cope with an influx of 800 refugees. Meanwhile, Laura spent a similar amount of time with a Syrian mother as she navigates the German health care system seeking help for her seriously injured child. George, a supremely gifted illustrator, paints the struggles of Syrian refugees along the perilous Balkan route. And Diana, an innovative photojournalist, gives a 14-year-old Afghan refugee a Polaroid camera to help him tell his own story.
Grantee Leslie Roberts is on the ground in northeastern Nigeria where Boko Haram’s reign of terror has led to a humanitarian crisis in which half a million children are so severely malnourished that without treatment 75,000 will die by June.
Americans are just waking up to Russia’s use of fake news as a tool of mischief. But as grantee Christian Caryl reports in The Washington Post, the former Soviet republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been coping with it for years.
Congratulations to our partner, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), who along with McClatchy Newspapers and the Miami Herald won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism for the Panama Papers investigation.