Continuing to brave the Indian Ocean, and continuing to die, only illustrates their desperation in a new, disturbing kind of light. This is the subtext to the plight of every refugee: Whatever hardship he endures, he endures because it beats the hardship he escaped. Every story of exile implies the sadder story of a homeland.

-From Luke Mogelson’s National Magazine Award-winning story, “The Dream Boat,” in The New York Times Magazine (November 2013).

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