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Video: How Refugees Use Technology

An Afghan family looks on a smart phone at the Athens' main Piraeus port, Friday, July 8, 2016.

An Afghan family looks on a smart phone at the Athens' main Piraeus port, Friday, July 8, 2016. // Petros Giannakouris/AP

For the average person in the 21st century, smartphones are a useful tool and a source of entertainment. For a refugee, mobile devices have become a lifeline to their family and their future.

Around 57,000 refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are stuck in Greece, waiting and watching for news on their situation.

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In one massive tent city in Athens, nearly all adult refugees had a smartphone. One outlet and multiple power strips serve as a community charging station. Meanwhile, smaller unofficial camps will organize with Facebook groups and Twitter handles to share information within the community.

To take a further look at refugees and smartphones, check out the video below for CNET

By Caitlin Fairchild August 4, 2016

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