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Brian Sokol


The Most Important Thing: Syrian Refugees

[Ahmed, 70, holds his cane in Domiz refugee camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.]

[Photos by Brian Sokol/UNHCR, text by UNHCR.] What would you bring with you if you had to flee your home and escape to another country? More than 1 million Syrians have been forced to ponder this question before making the dangerous flight to neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq or other countries in the region. This is the second part of a UNHCR project that asks refugees from different parts of the world, “What is the most important thing you brought from home?” The ...

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Brian Sokol


Brian Sokol is a New Delhi, India based photojournalist who has been documenting life in Asia for more than a decade. A fluent Nepali speaker, he has covered a diverse range of stories, from armed conflict in the Himalayas to the economics of global migration.

Recent clients include The New York Times, UNICEF, Stern, Der Spiegel, l’Espresso, The Guardian, MSNBC, AFP, Bloomberg, Outside, Getty Images, and Travel and Leisure.

See more of his work on his website.