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Triple Amputee Giles Duley Photographs Captivating Images of Migrant Life

Triple amputee photographer Giles Duley doesn't let his injuries stop his passion of understanding people and telling their stories.

Photographer Giles Duley believes there is a chance to make a difference with even one picture. The London native was working in Sangsar, Afghanistan when he stepped on a landmine. He has endured more than 30 operations in the five years since.

Duley draws on his survival to help reach and photograph refugees, whose lives and bodies have been ripped apart by war.

Above: An overcrowded boat of refugees heads to the shore. Two men had fallen from the boat; they were rescued by volunteer Spanish Lifeguards in Lesvos, Greece on Oct. 28, 2015.

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A father carries his two children from the boat after landing in Lesvos on Oct. 26, 2015.

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The Greek Red Cross treats an Afghan refugee who is suffering from hypothermia in Lesvos on Oct. 29, 2015. The boat had partially sunk, leaving the survivors in the water for nearly six hours.

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Survivors struggle ashore after their boat ran into trouble in Lesvos on Oct. 28, 2015.

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On landing a woman collapses, the boat she had been on had been drifting at sea for hours, in Lesvos on Oct. 29, 2015.

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Visiting the municipal dump near Molyvos gives a true scale of the crisis. A mountain of life jackets, each jacket represents a life and a story. Shockingly many of the life jackets, bought in Turkey, are fake.

The photo above was taken in Lesvos on Nov. 1, 2015.

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An Afghan mother holds her child moments after landing on the beach near Skala Sykaminia, on Oct. 26, 2015.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners are working to prevent family separations and create safe areas for women and children who are particularly vulnerable.

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A young boy tries to keep warm after a cold and wet crossing from Turkey, on Oct. 28, 2015.

Cases of hypothermia were on the increase as the weather deteriorated across the eastern Mediterranean during the time.

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An Afghan family arrives on the beach, fear etched on their faces, following their journey across the Aegean Sea, on Oct. 26, 2015.

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Struggling to find accommodation for the one million refugees and asylum seekers that have entered Germany in the past 12 months, the authorities have been using abandoned and vacant buildings across the country, such as the one pictured above.

The photo was taken in Berlin, Germany on Dec. 23, 2015.

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Residents of Nagu, Finland teach some of the refugees how to make the traditional Finnish stick bread on an open fire on Dec. 29, 2015.

For many local people, the arrival of the refugees has helped the whole community find a greater togetherness.

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Brothers Mahdi and Amir-Abbas from Afghanistan eat lunch together with their Iraqi friend Mahood in Nagu, Finland on Dec. 30, 2015.

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A refugee peers from a train in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Nov. 28, 2015.

Duley asked a young Syrian man why he had travelled to Europe when many of his friends and family had stayed. "It's simple," he replied. "I was the first to give up hope. I was the first to realize there is no more Syria."

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Nighttime at the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni, on Nov. 30, 2015.

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Iraqi, Syrian and Kurdish children play outside their hostel in Schonefeld, Germany on Dec. 27, 2015.

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For many refugees it's hard to leave behind the memories of what they have witnessed and who they have left behind or lost. The Finnish Red Cross and volunteers try their hardest to engage them with activities and reinforce the knowledge that they are welcome.

The picture above was taken in Nagu on Dec. 29, 2015.

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Locals and 'guests' release a lantern on the shores of Nagu on Dec. 29, 2015.

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