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Road Trip 2016
He wanted to take a pictureIn June, CNET senior photographer James Martin traveled to Greece to document how refugees are using tech in their everyday lives. He met two children he'll never forget. This video is part of Life, Disrupted: a special CNET report on tech and the refugee...
[MUSIC]. We are waiting outside the Karatepe refugee camp. [INAUDIBLE] The director to get his approval to enter. There's all these little food trucks outside and charging stations. The shade, the heat. It was pretty hot. [MUSIC] Right inside the gate, there is this little square. There was a Red Cross Station. There was a charging station. A solar charging station for phones. [MUSIC] I don't know. There was one kid that I definitely will always remember. We had met him In one of the refugee camps in Lesbos. I think in [UNKNOWN] Bay. She was probably 10, 12 years old. And then we saw him later in the day in the town of Mytilene kind of fishing. And we asked him who he was traveling with. left. He chose to by himself, I don't remember exactly what he said. He said father. And he kinda makes a gun and puts it to his head, says father, dead, Syria. We're like I'm sorry. And he goes, no problem, mister. He wasn't even sad about it. It was just kind of so normal. Especially the Syrians, that kind of thing is just Kids with dead parents, guys with dead brothers. It's normal. It's so normal, which was really, it was really crazy. And then also in city plaza we also met a couple. There was a little kid. They always wanted to come and play with my camera, everywhere we went. I got mobbed by little kids, and they wanted to take pictures of me, and this little kid he only had like one arm. He was Syrian also. And he took a picture of me. I held the camera cuz, he was probably like five, six years old, and I helped him hold the camera as he took a picture of me. And then, I took a picture of him. And he was really cute. And he only had one arm. But lots of stuff like that. The kids. It's just the kids that are Like by themselves and it just seemed like, you know, they seem like my kids. They're just normal little kids. They don't know any better. They didn't do anything. [MUSIC]