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More than 16,000 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea since 2014 — with more than 100 new deaths this past weekend off the coast of Libya. Those who go this route are among the least powerful people in the world, and they often drown anonymously — mere statistics in tragedies that tend to occur with barely a trace of documentation.
Our Opinion Video team at The Times sought to change that with an ambitious project produced across three continents that would combine cutting-edge technology such as forensic verification with traditional reporting.
It began when a couple of us made visits to the offices of the pioneering British research group Forensic Architecture to discuss possible collaborations. Soon afterward, Forensic Architecture and Forensic Oceanography, an affiliated research group specializing in the investigation of incidents at sea, reached out with an intriguing idea.
They had received a trove of raw footage — dozens of hours from more than 10 cameras — documenting an incident in November 2017 in which at least 20 migrants died during a rescue by the German humanitarian group Sea-Watch that was disrupted by Europe’s chosen partner in the Mediterranean, the Libyan Coast Guard. Beyond the deaths, several of which were wrenchingly captured by Sea-Watch’s GoPros and ship-mounted cameras, 47 other migrants were taken back to horrible and dangerous conditions in refugee camps in Libya.
The footage showed more viscerally than anything we had seen before what it’s like for these people who are forced to flee their homes to try to cross the sea: the churning water, the precarious rafts and, most recently, the chaotic confrontations between the Libyan Coast Guard and rescue groups.
More broadly, it revealed how rising anti-immigrant policies in Europe have worsened the crisis.
Forensic Oceanography had created a report and a minute-by-minute reconstruction of the episode intended partly to support a case that was about to be filed on behalf of survivors at the European Court of Human Rights.
Their reporting was deep, but it was very technical. We wanted to build on the original research to create a short film that would sharpen the story while still embracing complexity.
We hired an Emmy-winning editor, Dan Madden, who spent a few weeks analyzing the raw footage. We thought it was likely that the rescuers and the survivors would have more to say about what happened. So we added some on-the-ground video reporting.
We worked with Forensic Oceanography and legal advocates on the case to persuade survivors to let us interview them. Several agreed to participate as long as we protected their identities.
Then we hired a Rome-based videographer, Pierre Kattar, who during those interviews showed the survivors the footage and filmed some of them as they recognized themselves amid the chaos. Pierre traveled to Germany to shoot interviews with two of the Sea-Watch rescue team who were there that day and could give a play-by-play of what went wrong as the Libyan Coast Guard intervened.
We also wanted to tell the story of surviving migrants who met the opposite fate: those who were seized by the Libyans and taken back to Libya, where some were tortured.
Forensic Oceanography located two migrants who had been in hiding ever since they escaped from their second set of captors, on the verge of being ransomed. We hoped to film them as well, but they were not comfortable with video.
A Libyan journalist who works for The Times warned us that it would have been too dangerous to meet them in person anyway, because militants controlled the wider area where they were hiding. So instead we requested a phone interview.
Even that made them anxious, they told us, but eventually they trusted us to conceal their identities and location. We spoke with them for about an hour over an erratic phone line that was interrupted several times by a sand or wind storm, and we got their story.
We were excited to begin the video edit of this new material, but our work came to an emergency halt when our editor, Dan, learned he needed urgent treatment for cancer. Several weeks later, Dan died at the age of 44. We were shocked by this sudden loss and weren’t sure whether to proceed. But we decided it would be best to carry forward his work and get the story out there.
Another editor, Kristin Bye, joined us and spent weeks combing through the footage to get acquainted with the narrative. Along the way, she unearthed new details and discovered small arcs of drama that we had missed.
As we posted the video, Sea-Watch — one of the few humanitarian groups still operating in the area — was being prevented from entering any European port, with dozens of survivors of recent crossing attempts onboard and storms approaching. Eventually, survivors were allowed to disembark in Valletta, Malta, where they were to be distributed across nine member states of the European Union.
Still, the crisis at sea is continuing, and it remains largely invisible despite the steady drumbeat of deaths.
Video footage and 3-D modeling will help shine a spotlight on the legal process at the European Court of Human Rights. A victory there, hope the lawyers for the survivors, would hold European countries accountable for what happens when they collaborate at sea with partners like the Libyan Coast Guard — which might in turn force an end to a “solution” that, as the film shows, is anything but.
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易铁南传密码【沈】【家】【别】【墅】【内】 【沈】【澄】【从】【沈】【老】【爷】【子】【房】【间】【出】【来】【后】，【先】【是】【整】【理】【了】【衣】【冠】，【随】【后】【抬】【头】【走】【下】【楼】【梯】。 【楼】【梯】【下】，【沈】【明】【望】【正】【坐】【在】【沙】【发】【上】，【他】【明】【显】【在】【等】【自】【己】。 【眸】【光】【微】【暗】，【但】【沈】【澄】【面】【上】【依】【旧】【扬】【起】【笑】【容】【道】：“【明】【望】，【找】【我】【有】【事】？” 【沈】【明】【望】【起】【身】，【身】【高】【和】【沈】【澄】【不】【相】【上】【下】，【但】【沈】【澄】【给】【人】【总】【是】【亲】【切】【和】【蔼】【的】【感】【觉】，【不】【似】【沈】【明】【望】【给】【人】【的】【感】【觉】【令】【人】【下】
【风】【呼】【呼】【的】【吹】【着】，【城】【头】【矗】【立】【的】【大】【旗】【随】【风】【飘】【扬】，【旗】【面】【如】【波】【浪】【一】【般】【起】【伏】【不】【定】。 【长】【城】【卫】【士】【军】【中】【的】【旗】【帜】，【是】【非】【常】【简】【单】【的】【旗】【帜】，【没】【有】【任】【何】【的】【标】【识】，【上】【面】【也】【没】【有】【任】【何】【的】【字】【眼】。【只】【有】【红】，【是】【红】【色】【的】【旗】【帜】，【那】【代】【表】【着】【长】【城】【立】【于】【此】【地】【经】【历】【过】【的】【血】【与】【火】，【代】【表】【着】【每】【一】【名】【生】【活】【在】【长】【城】【脚】【下】【的】【人】【们】【那】【滚】【烫】【的】【心】。 【黑】【暗】【中】，【有】【一】【个】【个】【小】【小】【的】【黑】【影】
【申】【延】【成】【和】【焦】【海】【军】【的】【关】【系】【很】【密】【切】，【所】【谓】【的】【第】【三】【方】【鉴】【定】【机】【构】【派】【出】【的】【鉴】【定】【专】【家】，【正】【好】【是】【两】【个】【人】【的】【朋】【友】，【不】【需】【要】【特】【别】【的】【沟】【通】，【焦】【海】【军】【就】【应】【该】【能】【够】【领】【会】【他】【的】【意】【思】。 【看】【到】【申】【延】【成】【脸】【上】【得】【意】【的】【笑】【容】，【肖】【遥】【的】【嘴】【角】【露】【出】【一】【丝】【冷】【笑】，【他】【对】【郭】【永】【良】【说】【道】：“【看】【来】【这】【位】【申】【顾】【问】【和】【你】【们】【焦】【橘】【长】【关】【系】【很】【好】，【说】【不】【定】【等】【会】【儿】【过】【来】【的】【鉴】【定】【专】【家】【也】【和】【他】【是】易铁南传密码【乔】【祁】【一】【脸】【苦】【涩】，【他】【说】【道】：“【你】【觉】【得】【以】【刚】【才】【咱】【闺】【女】【的】【脸】【色】，【她】【能】【理】【我】【吗】？” 【刘】【玲】【瞪】【了】【乔】【祁】【一】【眼】，【她】【用】【手】【肘】【用】【力】【怼】【了】【怼】【乔】【祁】，【没】【好】【气】【地】【对】【乔】【祁】【说】【道】：“【你】【先】【去】【试】【试】【啊】，【她】【不】【理】【你】【再】【说】！” 【乔】【祁】【无】【奈】，【便】【只】【得】【缓】【缓】【起】【身】，【他】【微】【微】【低】【头】【看】【向】【坐】【在】【沙】【发】【上】【的】【刘】【玲】。 【刘】【玲】【看】【着】【乔】【祁】【的】【眼】【里】【带】【着】【鼓】【励】，【然】【后】【她】【用】【手】【把】【乔】【祁】【往】
【前】【方】【出】【现】【一】【排】【偌】【大】【的】【宫】【殿】，【是】【云】【秀】【宫】，【不】【觉】【间】【又】【回】【到】【了】【不】【周】【山】。 “【晶】【晶】，【你】【不】【想】【见】【哮】【天】【吗】？”【二】【郎】【神】【在】【云】【中】【问】【道】。 【白】【晶】【晶】【忽】【得】【紧】**【来】，【好】【一】【会】【儿】【才】【道】:“【当】【然】【想】【了】，【只】【是】【这】【么】【多】【年】【了】，【我】【还】【是】【一】【具】【鬼】【身】，【冒】【然】【出】【现】【怕】【会】【吓】【到】【哮】【天】。” “【怕】【什】【么】，【如】【今】【他】【也】【是】【仙】【体】【了】。【你】【放】【心】，【以】【后】【我】【会】【想】【尽】【一】【切】【办】【法】【让】【你】
「【勇】【敢】【者】」【罗】【格】【曼】【坐】【在】【他】【最】【喜】【欢】【的】，【起】【居】【室】【那】【张】【精】【致】【华】【美】【的】【软】【椅】【之】【上】。【他】【的】【面】【庞】【红】【润】，【体】【格】【健】【壮】【如】【前】，【目】【光】【中】【混】【合】【着】【烈】【焰】【与】【暴】【风】，【可】【宽】【厚】【有】【力】【的】【手】【掌】【却】【微】【微】【颤】【抖】。 【一】【切】【是】【从】【十】【几】【日】【前】【开】【始】【的】。 【帝】【国】【不】【甘】【不】【愿】【地】‘【和】【谈】’【还】【不】【至】【于】【动】【摇】【他】【的】【地】【位】。【士】【兵】【们】【仍】【旧】【效】【忠】【于】【他】，【巴】【拉】【克】【和】【库】【伦】【也】【一】【样】。【失】【去】【的】【官】【员】【们】【自】【有】