“We used balloons and cling-film to keep the phones safe from the water.”
“Without this I would not have been able to make the journey. I used it the whole time, sea and land”
“This phone was more important than my soul”
“This is a photograph of the mother of my wife, she was killed by ISIS in Libya. I’ve had this phone for 10 years, I only use it for essential things.”
“With Viber, Facebook, and Whats App I can keep in touch with everyone”
This image was the background of my old phone, but I don’t know how to put it on this new one my mother gave me. I had two brothers and now they are both dead. This brother was always supporting me in life, he was killed by ISIS, the other by Assad.”
“I kept it charged for longer with this portable battery pack”
“I used the GPS to help navigate the boat to Greece, but only during the day. At night the police might see the lights”
“This is a photograph of my 4 small children. The phone was really useful to teach them German words, or for games along the way.”
“I’m 16 years old and I have this picture because it reminds me of my mother. This phone is the only way I can keep connected with my friends and family around the world”
“This is my daughter who’s still in Syria. We chat everyday, morning and evening”
“This is Elissa, the Lebanese pop star. During the journey I wasn’t in the mood to listen to music, but now I’m in Germany I can listen again”
“This is the traditional dress of the Pashtun people in Pakistan, where we are from. There, nobody wears jeans. This is to remind me of home”
"This is the son of one of my friends. The photo was taken in Hamburg at a camp we stayed in. It's a reminder of a great moment."
"This is a picture of me and my Christian friend fishing in Kurdistan. It's a nice memory and I like to have it with me."
"The picture is of my daughter. I love her very much."
"I left my five children in Jordan to come to Germany to find a fresh beginning for us. I brought nothing of importance, only this phone."
“During the journey I lost my smartphone in the sea. I will buy a new one when I have the money.”