2020 Shortlist

The Unwelcomed

Category: Best visualization (small and large newsrooms)

Country/area: Egypt

Organisation: Alhadaqa

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 20/08/2019

Credit: Mohamad Waked

Project description:

Migrants & Refugees are dying crossing borders. In a time period does not exceed 6 years, between 2014 and 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has recorded 5,506 death or missing incidents of migrants and refugees across borders. I tried to visualize those incidents twinning time and space at which they were happened in an interactive dashboard and throughout a short simple story.

Impact reached:

Awarded the Pudding Cup of best data driven stories of year 2019. Featured by big names like Alberto Cairo who talked about it in his personal blog and promoted it among his network. From its publishing data (about 4 months ago) till now It has around 6000 views from around the globe. Too many positive feedbacks received talking about how effective is the story and how beautifully it was designed and created. Lastly, a special episode on Dataviztoday Podcast was produced talking about the project, the process of its creation, and how using 2 charts together can make a great impact.

Techniques/technologies used:

I used mainly R for data preparation, analysis and finding the main insights. Then the project was totally programmed and coded using html, css, javascript, d3js. For the illustrations I used Adobe illustrator 

What was the hardest part of this project?

The hardest part is the creation of the narrative (the fictional symbolic short story), where i had to go through many true stories that were talking about different stories happened in different locations then concluded all those stories in one symbolic one that may touch every story happened before. Also, the formulation of the main final message that they are wishing to communicate to everybody around the world and specifically to the decision makers.

What can others learn from this project?

Decide on your main objective and your main message, then make every single decision in service of this main objective.

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