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Reporting from the Frontlines of the Global Refugee Crisis

Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a free panel discussion at the Newseum in Washington, DC, where journalists, photojournalists, and Doctors Without Borders representatives will talk about telling the stories of people who’ve been forced from home in the largest displacement crisis the world has known since World War II.

How do they convey the scope and scale of the current refugee crisis to the American public? How do they try to tell individual stories when the overall numbers—65 million displaced globally—are so daunting? Whether they’re covering people in France or South Sudan, the Central African Republic or Syria, Ukraine or Burundi, these are the questions they must confront when trying to get people to pay attention. The panel will feature Deb Amos of NPR, photographer Brian Sokol, and Phil Zabriskie, editorial director of Doctors Without Borders USA.

A Q&A will follow the discussion.

Panelists:
Deb Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR’s award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Consideredand Weekend Edition. She spent nearly a decade in television news, including ABC’s Nightline and World News Tonight and the PBS programs NOW with Bill Moyers and Frontline. From 1985 until 1993, Amos spend most of her time at NPR reporting overseas, including as the London Bureau Chief and as an NPR foreign correspondent based in Amman, Jordan.

Brian Sokol is an independent photographer dedicated to documenting human rights issues and humanitarian crises in conflict-affected societies. His photography has been published in TIME, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and Der Spiegel. He has also photographed for humanitarian agencies such as UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP, MSF, and CARE.

Phil Zabriskie is the editorial director for Doctors Without Borders USA. From 2001 to 2008, Zabriskie worked as a staff writer in Asia and the Middle East for Time, and freelanced for National Geographic,National Geographic Adventure, The Washington Post Magazine, and others.