Danny Wilcox Frazier was on assignment for Redux for this Esquire feature titled “Images From Inside the Vigils, Protests, and Destruction in Minneapolis” about what’s currently going on in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was murdered by a police officer.
“Protests and violence have gripped the country—a country already reeling from the coronavirus—over the police killing of George Floyd. With curfews hastily put into place, cities were home to peaceful protests, spasms of violence and rage, and property destruction as day turned to night. In Minneapolis, where Floyd was murdered, family and friends gathered in remembrance of Floyd at the place where he was killed. Photojournalist Danny Wilcox Frazier captured the scene, along with many others over the weekend. The images show a city coping with loss, grieving from generations of injustice, and convulsing with violence.”
This The New York Times opinion piece on New Jersey residents helping others features Ed Kashi’s words and photos:
“Life has changed drastically in New Jersey in the past six weeks. The state has reported more than 146,000 cases of Covid-19, at least 10,000 people have died, and Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home order has been extended indefinitely. In the state with the most cases and deaths after New York, residents are volunteering time, energy and money and businesses are using their resources to help others, and ensure that the needy in their communities are fed.”
By the middle of March, northern Italy had become the center of a global pandemic. For the latest issue of Vanity Fair Italia, Franco Pagetti captured images of the houses of those who left us.
Pictured above is the home of Virgilio and Rosa Ravasio, 79 and 76 years old from Gazzaniga (Bergamo) — a retired policeman and nurse. Married for 52 years, they died three days apart. Three of Virgilio’s brothers died in the same house. Maria Vittoria, Rosa’s 82-year-old sister, was saved. Virgilio and Rosa leave two children, Iviano and Ileana.
The motor city is battling one of the highest coronavirus death rates in the U.S. as it rallies to support those in need. See photos by Danny Wilcox Frazier in this piece for National Geographic.
Ziyah Gafic has received both a National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grant to continue his work on undocumented migrants in Bosnia as they navigate through the COVID-19 outbreak.
About the project: Bosnia-Herzegovina became an unlikely gatekeeper of the European Union. Since Hungary sealed off its borders with the rest of the Balkans, Bosnia’s over a thousand miles long, porous borders became the principal gateway to Europe for tens of thousands of migrants and refugees on their perilous journey to a better life. Thus far the state response has been to largely ignore the uncontrolled influx of undocumented migrants, shifting the burden onto the local communities, volunteers, and a few NGOs. The overwhelming majority of migrants see Bosnia only as a transit country. All they want is to go back in “The Game”, a vernacular term used to describe their journey to reach the EU. This precarious odyssey includes crossing treacherous rivers, former frontlines, and minefields left over from the Bosnian war, then trekking on foot through Croatia, all the way to Italy and beyond. Even before the pandemic, undocumented migrants are by far the largest marginalized group in Bosnia, at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19, with extremely limited access to basic healthcare: squatting in abandoned, ruined, overcrowded buildings, lacking basic sanitary conditions. Bosnia’s crippled healthcare system won’t be able to cope with the pandemic, Bosnia as a country is unwilling and incapable to cope with the influx of undocumented immigrants. The extreme measures that are being taken to contain the disease mean the migrants will remain stuck in Bosnia for longer periods. Currently, the Bosnian government is attempting to organize mass deportation of the undocumented migrants to their countries of origin, even though some of those countries are known for torture, or cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment and capital punishment effectively violating their right to life. The pandemic will eventually end but the migrants’ ordeal in Bosnia will continue. This project aims to follow undocumented migrants as they navigate through the COVID-19 outbreak in a society that doesn’t want them, in a country that doesn’t care about them.