Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Things They Couldn't Leave Behind
Many refugees are traveling with just a few vital possessions.
By ASTHAA CHATURVEDI
September 22, 2015, 3:42 PM
• 5 min read
-- Thousands of refugees continue to pour through European borders daily, by land and sea. They leave behind their homes, jobs and communities, carrying only backpacks and bags to begin a new life.
Italian journalist Valerio Cataldi tweeted a video on Sunday of 13-year-old Alameddin playing a violin near Eridine, Turkey, in front of a barricade of police as he and other refugees walked to the Turkish-Greek border.
The Syrian boy’s music received stares and some smiles from the police facing him in the video, but he gained attention around the world once Cataldi tweeted the moment.
From violins to man’s best friend, there are some treasures people could not fathom leaving behind. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees posted a video on Facebook of 17-year-old Aslan from Damascus, Syria. Aslan couldn’t bear the idea of coming to Europe without his adorable puppy, Rose. When asked why he would bring his dog and only a small bag, he told the U.N.’s refugee agency, “I say I love my dog!"