“The whole place was engulfed in flames. We saw an exodus of people from a burning hell,” says Marco Sandrone, the field coordinator for MSF in Lesbos where the Moria refugee camp is located.
Stories and field notes produced by Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellows from our Campus Consortium partner universities
Designed to hold 3,000 people, Moria refugee camp now has 13,000 residents. The overcrowding makes it nearly impossible to follow social distancing guidelines and practice proper hygiene during the pandemic.
Once travel restrictions were lifted, a day in the field revealed how Radio Indígena has adapted work styles and utilized Spanish and Mixtec languages to continue reaching vulnerable populations.
As many farmworkers face the daunting choice whether to work and risk contracting coronavirus, the Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project provides critical information in Spanish and Indigenous languages.
After Wake Forest University junior Anthony D’Angelo’s sister tested positive for COVID-19, his family made the painful decision to move his grandmother out of the house. But the rest of the family stayed put.
"Skillful means come from the lama, and knowledge comes from the amchi [doctors]. When the two work together as one, we will live a longer life." — Tsering Thinley
One out of 50 people are thought to have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a mental health condition that causes preoccupation with perceived physical flaws. Medill Journalism School graduate Gwen Aviles reports on how the pandemic has worsened symptoms.
"Guanajuato Norte," a short film by 2018 Columbia Reporting Fellows Ingrid Holmquist and Sana Malik, tells the story of Winny Contreras, a migrant farmworker on a Connecticut farm who visits his family in Mexico once a year.
"I want to do something. I want to walk forward, and that is my responsibility.” Does art have healing power? Is the revitalization of Cambodian classical dance a form of resistance?
"They treated us like an animal," a member of the Islamic missionary movement Tablighi Jamaat tells Pulitzer Center Justice Fellow Apoorva Mittal. Indian Muslims have faced a new wave of discrimination amidst the pandemic.
Documentary filmmaking always requires a degree of flexibility. A pandemic makes that a necessity.
As COVID-19 cases rise in Ohio, migrant farmworkers live closely in cramped quarters. They remain one of the most vulnerable sectors of the population.