What is going on in our country's immigration detention centers? Lawyers, NGO leaders and the immigrants themselves are raising concerns about human rights. What is happening behind the tightly closed doors of privately owned jails? Part 1 of an investigation series where lawyers, NGO workers and the detainees themselves share their experiences in the American immigration system.
When Rostand Ndong Essomba’s sister passed away unexpectedly, he was 14 years old. So he quit playing soccer to focus fulltime on basketball. This was a strange thing to do for a young boy who loved soccer; especially since Rostand and his friends considered basketball a “girl sport” at the time because it is played using hands instead of feet. But he did it to honor her.
Olomwene Emedi turns the key in the door to his apartment. He doesn’t know what he will find inside, but he figures it will be wet.
It's slightly less than 48 hours since Hurricane Irma swept through Jacksonville, Florida, causing historic flooding the city has not seen since the 1800s.
Introduction from the Journalist
My work with refugees mostly involves me trying to explain to people who don't know me and don't speak my language that I am not there to get them into trouble. Most of the time I can only hope that the interpreter is fully explaining that I am a journalist I'm there to help them tell their story. It also consists of some awkward moments with my camera pretty close to their face or the both of us staring at each other during an interview while the other one is speaking in a language we don’t understand at all.