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The Most Important Thing

Imagine your family had 1 minute to flee your home. What 1 thing would you take with you? Inspired by the photographer Brian Sokol's original project 'The Most Important Thing', we asked refugee families, celebrities and members of the public to contemplate this heart-wrenching decision. Here are their stories. Please read and then pin a picture of yourself with your most important thing or upload one to this board at www.unhcr.org/1family
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If international footballer James Rodriguez was forced to flee, the most important thing he would bring with him is his football.

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If football legend Eric Cantona was forced to flee, the most important thing he would bring with him is a pen and paper. - Visit 1 family - http://www.unhcr.org/1family/

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I would bring my telephone because this is where all my family and friends information is and hopefully that would allow me to reach them at some point. Suzanne from the UK - Visit 1 family - http://unhcr.org/1family/

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I would bring my Nana's ring to remind me where I came from. Sarah-Jane from the UK - Visit 1family- http://unhcr.org/1family/

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Carlos fled El Salvador to Mexico after he was threatened by gang members.The most important things he brought with him included a figure of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Catholic figure), an owl figure, earrings that belonged to his grandmother and a hairstyling tool. UNHCR / M. Echandi - Visit 1family: http://www.unhcr.org/1family

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I would take along a photo of my family, which is most precious to me. Roland from the UK - Visit 1family - http://unhcr.org/1family/

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Sada is holding her son, born 3 months ago in Sousha camp,Tunisia. The baby's father disappeared when he tried to cross into Lampedusa. Sada fled conflict in Somalia, travelling on a dangerous boat journey to Tunisia. The most important thing she brought with her was her child. Since her husband disappeared he is her only family. UNHCR/ J. Gouyou Beauchamps - Visit 1family: http://www.unhcr.org/1family

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If I was forced to flee, I would take my trainers to help me cope with the long walk ahead, and hopefully to help me run back home when the chance came.Claire from the UK - Visit 1family - http://unhcr.org/1family/

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Phillip and his family lived in the Burmese jungle for 9 years. He then moved to a Thai refugee camp, where he lived for another 11 years in very poor living conditions. He arrived in Canada in 2006 with his wife, also a refugee, who he had met in a camp. The most important thing he brought with him is a traditional Karen hat which is symbolic of the many hats he has worn; as survivor, a refugee and now as a businessman. UNHCR/ L. Nechita - Visit 1family http://www.unhcr.org/1family

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The one thing I would bring is my laptop, which contains thousands of photos of my family, especially all the pictures I have taken of my kids since they were born. Glenn from the UK - Visit 1family - http://unhcr.org/1family/

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