Why do refugees have smartphones?

Refugees have mobiles phones as they are the last lifeline back to the families they have left behind, who may still be in danger, and their primary hope of getting to a secure place of shelter. They use them to update their families on their perilous journeys, and to try to make sense of their route in an alien and often dangerous context. Making calls to other continents is too expensive and in third world countries the lines are unstable, so they need smartphones to use free WIFI networks and apps like WhatsApp and Viber.



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