This extraordinary video shows you what it’s like to be a refugee

A migrant walks towards Gevgelija in Macedonia after crossing Greece's border, Macedonia, August 22, 2015. Thousands of migrants stormed across Macedonia's border on Saturday, overwhelming security forces who threw stun grenades and lashed out with batons in an increasingly futile bid to stem their flow through the Balkans to western Europe. Some had spent days in the open with little or no access to food or water afterMacedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and sealed its borders to migrants, many of them refugees from war in Syria and other conflicts in the Middle East. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski - RTX1P820

Image: REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

Joe Myers
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Using nothing more than your mobile phone, you can now get close to knowing what it’s like to be to a refugee trying to make it to Europe.

The powerful, innovative, concept was developed by BBC Media Action. For three minutes it turns your mobile into the phone of a refugee.

Refugees have faced criticism on social media for owning smartphones. But as the video makes clear, if you were fleeing your home you would probably take your phone too. It emphasizes the problems all refugees face with communication.

Hint: This video has been designed to be watched on mobile phones.


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