In 2015, nearly 150,000 refugees undertook the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Italy and it is estimated that 2016 will see the highest number of refugees to brave this journey yet. Syrians call this journey ‘The Journey of Death’ – and so far this year, nearly 4000 people lost their lives on this voyage. For a lot of money, they put their lives and the lives of their children into the hands of smugglers, who promise to take them across the sea. Crammed into small, unseaworthy boats – often for many hours, if not days, without food and drinking water – they hold out in the hope that they will get rescued before the boat gives in.
Who are the people that risk their lives in the Mediterranean? In Travelling Light, Streitberger finds out what people, who leave everything behind to embark on such a grueling journey, manage to take over into a new life, and what these items mean to them.