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Photo Credits: Photographer Gabriel Hill

806 kmfrom home
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"I can't describe how I felt when I saw my father again, my whole body was trembling when I saw he was holding my bunny."
Sejla
Current Country: 
Switzerland
Country of Origin: 
Bosnia and Herzegovina

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"When I was a child, my father would often travel to Africa for work. One time when I was three, I had asked him to bring me back a real life monkey, but he brought me a stuffed bunny he had bought for me during a transit at Zurich Airport.

I took that bunny everywhere. When the war began, everything went so fast I could neither understand what was going on nor think about what I wanted to take with me when we fled. That's how I forgot my bunny when we left. My dad stayed behind, and I wrote him so many letters saying things like: "Did you find my bunny? I miss you!"

I can't describe how I felt when I saw my father again three years later, in 1995. My whole body was trembling when I saw his face at the Airport in Zurich – and saw that he was holding my bunny."

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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