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A New Way of Seeing the Global Migration Crisis

A book on global migrants and refugees by novelist Teju Cole and photographer Fazal Sheikh explores the agency and humanity of the displaced and dispossessed.
A view of a Somali refugee camp at Liboi, Kenya, in 1992.
A view of a Somali refugee camp at Liboi, Kenya, in 1992.Fazal Sheikh/Human Archipelago/Steidl

Moving—to escape existential harm, to preserve family, to find a better life, to follow opportunity, or just satiate curiosity—is a quintessentially human act. Migration unites us with our ancestors, and connects us to each other. It’s a theme that novelist/critic Teju Cole and photographer Fazal Sheikh return to often in their individual work.

Now, the two have come together to portray the lives of displaced and dispossessed people and refugees as they navigate marginal spaces in a book project called Human Archipelago.