A box of Winston cigarettes, a yellow plastic bag, tape, a lemon, a laser pointer, bandages, dates, a government booklet, documents for his family, sunscreen, painkillers, changes of clothes and a lifejacket.
Photojournalist Sima Diab recently looked inside Abu Jana’s bag, as well as the bags of three other Syrian refugees on the journey across the Mediterranean from Egypt to Europe.
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More than half of the country’s population of 22 million has been forced to leave their homes.
In Arabic we say that the worst situations actually make you smile… so I’m smiling,” Qassem said in the tent with no electricity or heat that was their new home. “But at least we left the prospect of death in Syria. So if you escape death of course you’re happy. We know we have a difficult life ahead, but we escaped death.
Many of them have moved multiple times since the conflict began in March 2011. Increasing numbers of refugees are attempting to reach Europe.
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