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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.
A teddy bear, tents and clothing.
A teddy bear, tents and clothing.
Turkish currency is of little use on the road ahead. 
Turkish currency is of little use on the road ahead. 
A Greek baseball cap.
A Greek baseball cap.
A toy aircraft and cans of food.
A toy aircraft and cans of food.
Discarded tents fly in the wind. 
Discarded tents fly in the wind. 
Medicine and a charging cable.
Medicine and a charging cable.
A used sim card holder. 
A used sim card holder. 
A pair of glasses and a strip of pills. 
A pair of glasses and a strip of pills. 
A toy doll. 
A toy doll. 
Rocks left behind on a railway track.
Rocks left behind on a railway track.
Clothing left behind in the grass. 
Clothing left behind in the grass. 
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