Millions of refugees are currently fleeing their homes in Syria in what is the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War. In the midst of the media frenzy and the heated debate over how many refugees each country should take in, we often forget that it’s humans we are talking about; people who are leaving everything behind and risking their lives to seek safety elsewhere.
In a digital attempt to raise awareness of the daily tragedy faced by refugees, ActionAid UK has launched a new web app asking people: “If you were a refugee, what would you take?”
— ActionAid UK (@ActionAidUK) September 23, 2015
The concept is very simple: people can choose from a list of items that were amongst the few possessions carried by refugees arriving in Greece, and tweet their decision. Twitter’s 140-character limit constraint is used to represent the limited space available in a small handbag or rucksack – the only thing refugees can possibly carry when embarking on their dangerous journeys.
ActionAid UK explains:
Nothing can put us in the shoes of someone making the awful choice of what to take, and what to leave behind. But we can raise awareness of the hardships facing refugees as they risk everything in their search for safety.Obviously, another button on the web app asks people to take a much more tangible action by donating to the refugee crisis appeal. More information on ActionAid response in Greece can be found here.