Uncertain Seas
May 9, 2017
DCTV, New York


Ben Taub, a staff writer at The New Yorker, presented a multimedia immersion into his reporting for "We Have No Choice," a monumental essay on the migrant crisis and contemporary slave trade in Northern Africa. Specifically, Uncertain Seas tracked one part of the migrant's journey: their passage on the Mediterranean Sea from the coast of Libya to international waters, where many are rescued by boats run by Médecins Sans Frontières. On the boat, Ben realized that some of the girls on the boat were being trafficked as slaves, and that while the doctors aboard could treat their wounds, they couldn't spare them. 

Together with the audience and a panel of experts --including photographer Sara Lewkowicz and ethicist Max Hayward-- Ben interrogated the moral conflicts within human rights reporting.

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"It was close to midnight on the coast of Libya, a few miles west of Tripoli. At the water’s edge, armed Libyan smugglers pumped air into thirty-foot rubber dinghies. Some three thousand refugees and migrants, mostly sub-Saharan Africans, silent and barefoot, stood nearby in rows of ten. Oil platforms glowed in the Mediterranean..."


See Ben's photography, which was installed and on sale during the event >>