According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), over 3 million refugees have fled from Syria to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Almost 6.5 million are internally displaced within Syria. In this worst situation the only way refugees can communicate is through the phone calls, messages, voice recording and photos. Recently to enlighten the world about the Syrian crises the Jordanian photographer Tanya Habjouqa has compiled a short film known as “Syria Via WhatsApp”.
WhatsApp Connecting Refugees: “Syria Via WhatsApp” Tells Stories of Refugees Fleeing War
The film was shown at an exhibition in Dubai which specifically focused on the plight of refugees and migrants from Syria. The show, “If I leave, where will I go?,” also displays images by Syrian director Omar Imam and late French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui.
This short film features voice recordings and images exchanged by Syrian family members separated by a five-year conflict. This never ending conflict has killed more than 270,000 people and forced nearly five million into exile.There are many sentimental voice recording and photos which was shown in the film giving audience the goose bumps.
A father in the film tells his daughter that he has sent her flowers and a kiss through the WhatsApp emojis, while the little girl asks her father for “a white dress, as well as grey and pink.”
One refugee from Europe tells his wife that;
“I miss you a lot, I miss sitting with you and making you coffee in the morning.”
No doubt, from the high level business meetings to the sentimental interactions whatsApp is doing wonders.