Shireen

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Photo Credits: Photographer Gabriel Hill

4,145 kmfrom home
#iamarefugee
"This cell phone and the clothes I was wearing were the only things that I could take with me."
Shireen
Current Country: 
Switzerland
Country of Origin: 
Iran

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"I have been living in Switzerland for two years now. My family could only pay for my escape.

Therefore, I am all alone here.

It is very expensive to flee and my family won’t be able to come to Switzerland.
When I left home my father gave me a cell phone. This cell phone and the clothes I was wearing were the only things that I could take with me.

My cell phone was the only way to get in contact with my family and to tell them that I have arrived well. It also gave me the feeling that I am not alone.

It meant everything to me."

ImPORTRAITS portrays refugees witht their most important item that they were able to carry along and tells their stories and why this item means the world to them. While some have more than they need others are forced to leave everything behind. This story and portrait is part of ImPortraits project by Photographer Gabriel Hill. All support to this project is donated to help refugees. For more info visit the website.

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