Gold 2016 Book / Documentary

Travelling Light

  • Photographer
    Kiki Streitberger

Sixty million people in the world today are refugees. In 2015, more than 300,000 people relied on smugglers to take them across the Mediterranean to Italy. Syrians call this trip ‘the journey of death’ but having lost everything in their home country it still seems their best option. Who are those people that leave everything behind to embark on such a gruelling journey? What do they manage to take over into a new life and what do these items mean to them. As humans we define ourselves not just by who we are but also by what we have. We give meaning to objects that exceeds their face value. I have asked refugees from Syria about the objects they had with them on the journey and in the process I met some truly amazing people.