Last year, Choucha Transit Camp in Tunisia, not far from the Libyan border, was the site of overcrowding, riots, deadly fires, clashes with local residents resentful of its presence in their desert. Tunisian photographer Sophia Baraket visited the camps earlier this year and found it peaceful, but still forlorn. The key question for all those who pass through here—most of them came from Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan—remains unresolved: how to leave this place for a better one. The wars in North Africa have ended, but the daily battle for asylum and safe transit rages on.
James Beard Publication of the Year 2017