New York Times Opinion Piece / by Ashley Gilbertson

Wrote an opinion piece for the NY Times for a story I photographed on assignment for UNICEF.

Palermo, Italy — LAST year, the news media focused intensely on the European refugee crisis. Some 800,000 people crossed the Mediterranean to Greece, many fleeing wars we had a hand in creating, in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Each segment of their journey was carefully documented by thousands of reporters and photographers.

But there is another humanitarian crisis in Europe we have heard much less about: the roughly 200,000 migrants and refugees who left Africa for Italysince last year. This year alone, some 2,000 have died while making the voyage.