What They Left Behind: Items Lost On Refugees' Arduous Journey West

Personal items tell the story of an arduous journey

Thousands of people, often fleeing war zones in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have made their way through Hungary in recent weeks in an attempt to reach the countries of western Europe. Getty Images photojournalist Christopher Furlong documented the items these migrants and refugees left behind on their hurried journey west.

Furlong traveled to Rozke, a town on the border between Hungary and Serbia that has become a key transit point for migrants and refugees. There, he found countless objects left behind near a small gap in the border fence between both countries as they were no longer needed or travelers became too tired to carry them. The items, such as flip flops sporting German colors or a cap emblazoned with "Greece," tell the story of an arduous journey of people leaving their former lives to start new ones.

See more photos of the items left behind below:

A flip flop that never made it to Germany left behind Roszke, Hungary.
A flip flop that never made it to Germany left behind Roszke, Hungary.
Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
A teddy bear, tents and clothing.
A teddy bear, tents and clothing.
Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Turkish currency is of little use on the road ahead.
Turkish currency is of little use on the road ahead.
Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
A Greek baseball cap.
A Greek baseball cap.
Credit: Christopher Furlong /Getty Images
A toy aircraft and cans of food.
A toy aircraft and cans of food.
Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Discarded tents fly in the wind.
Discarded tents fly in the wind.
Credit: Christopher Furlong /Getty Images
Medicine and a charging cable.
Medicine and a charging cable.
Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
A used sim card holder.
A used sim card holder.
Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
A pair of glasses and a strip of pills.
A pair of glasses and a strip of pills.
Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
A toy doll.
A toy doll.
Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Rocks left behind on a railway track.
Rocks left behind on a railway track.
Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Clothing left behind in the grass.
Clothing left behind in the grass.
Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Popular in the Community