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Emergency

Two decades after the war in Afghanistan began, we helped NGO EMERGENCY release Afghanistan20: a data–driven print and digital experience that provides rare, ground–level perspective into the conflict.

2021 — current
EMERGENCY
print reporting data visualization probono ngo
“The Accurat Team had infinite patience and dedication.”
Rossella Palma, Senior Press Officer

EMERGENCY is a charitable NGO that provides free medical treatment to victims of war. To coincide with the 20–year anniversary of September 11, 2001, and the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, they endeavored to release Afghanistan20: a report documenting the aftereffects of 9/11 on the Afghani people and EMERGENCY’s Herculean efforts to help.

We were honored to lend our services to Afghanistan20 as part of a nascent initiative to take on pro–bono, charitable work. The report—a print and digital experience replete with first–hand accounts, original photography, and interactive data visualizations—was a natural fit: the epitome of data humanism as we think of it.

Fate took a turn for the worse on the eve of Aghanistan20's slated release, with the death of EMERGENCY founder Gino Strada and the chaotic withdrawel of U.S. troops. We worked around the clock, side–by–side with EMERGENCY to ensure a timely deployment. “It was a very special year for us,” Senior Press Officer Rossella Palma acknowledges. “The Accurat Team had infinite patience and dedication.”

Deliverables

A spiral bound print booklet, plus an interactive digital experience, both available in Italian and English.