Ricci Shryock

freelance journalist

Ricci Shryock has covered West Africa for more than a decade, with her work appearing in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Der Spiegel and more. She has covered a wide variety of stories on migration, including human smugglers and safe houses in the Niger desert, testimonies from migrants in Senegal and Gambia about what drives them to make the journey to Italy (despite their personal stories of enslavement in Libya), and the pain of families still searching for lost loved ones who made the journey from West Africa to Libya. Ricci also covered the Ebola crisis extensively; traveling to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia multiple times from the beginning of the outbreak to the end. She was one of the only photographers at the Ebola Treatment Center in Conakry, Guinea, the day the last Ebola survivor in the region was released from the center, marking the (first official) end of the 2014-2015 epidemic. Ricci also teaches photojournalism at the University of Dakar and is a contributing member of the Everyday Africa photo collective.

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