WHAT’S IN MY BAG?

What refugees bring when they run for their lives

Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC

“You will feel that you are a human. You are not just a number.”


A mother

Name: Aboessa* Age: 20 From: Damascus, Syria

Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC
Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC

“Everything is for my daughter to protect her against sickness. When we arrived in Greece, a kind man gave me two jars of food. Another man gave us biscuits and water when he saw my baby.”


A child

Name: Omran* Age: 6 From: Damascus, Syria

Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC
Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC

A teenager

Name: Iqbal* Age: 17 From: Kunduz, Afghanistan

Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC
Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC

“I want my skin to be white and hair to be spikedI don’t want them to know I’m a refugee. I think that someone will spot me and call the police because I’m illegal.”


A pharmacist

Name: Anonymous Age: 34 From: Syria

Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC
Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC

“I had to leave behind my parents and sister in Turkey. I thought, if I die on this boat, at least I will die with the photos of my family near me.”


An artist

Name: Nour* Age: 20 From: Syria

Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC
Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC

“I left Syria with two bags, but the smugglers told me I could only take one. The other bag had all of my clothes. This is all I have left.”


A family

From: Aleppo, Syria

Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC
Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC

“I hope we die. This life is not worth to live anymore. Everyone closed the door in our face, there is no future.”


Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC

“This is all I have. They told us we could only bring two things, one extra shirt and pants.”

Learn more about the IRC’s work in Lesbos where we provide clean water, sanitation, trash removal and protection and information services to refugees staying in the Kara Tepe camp and other locations on the island.


Uprooted

Produced by the International Rescue Committee, “Uprooted” keeps the spotlight on the individual human beings behind the tragic numbers of the refugee crisis.

1.6K

1.6K claps
International Rescue Committee

Written by

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild. RT & Follow ≠ endorsement

Uprooted

Uprooted

Produced by the International Rescue Committee, “Uprooted” keeps the spotlight on the individual human beings behind the tragic numbers of the refugee crisis.