In the summer of 2016, TIME launched a multimedia project following the story of newborn baby Heln and her family, Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Europe.
In this award winning interactive, Taimaa tells of the frustrations of waiting for asylum, the quiet moments of new motherhood, and the lonely struggle to fit in in a new land, through a series of text messages with TIME video journalist Francesca Trianni. The intimate and immersive page features photographs by Lynsey Addario and reporting by TIME’s Aryn Baker.
This is just one story at the heart of Europe’s refugee crisis, where for the first time since World War II the majority of refugees are women and children. This daily struggle plays out against the backdrop of Europe’s newest experiment to integrate hundreds of thousands of refugees, some into countries that have very little experience with outsiders. Finding Home, Heln’s First Year puts a name and a face on this real-life experience.
At the height of Europe's refugee crisis, TIME followed three Syrian families as they prepared to raise a child in a foreign land. All of the women learned of their pregnancies on the road and none expected to deliver in a refugee camp, far from the homes they fled in Syria.
To launch the project, TIME published four separate covers in December 2015 and then followed-up with six print stories written by Aryn Baker accompanied by photographs by Lynsey Addario.
Over the course of more than a year, videographer Francesca Trianni published intimate video stories in short and long form published on TIME's website and social channels.
Francesca has produced video shoots for some of TIME’s most high profile covers, including two sitting U.S. presidents and various heads of states, as well as conducted interviews with Oscar-winning actors, internationally recognized athletes and leaders in technology and fashion.
Over the course of a year, Francesca Trianni curated a special Instagram feed (@FindingHome) dedicated to tell the stories of 3 Syrian families daily, in real time, and reached more than 27,000 followers.
Finding Home's social feed was recognized with a RTDNA National Murrow Award in the “Excellence in Social Media” category.