The striking orange life jackets have protected hundreds of thousands of refugees. Many of them have braved the Mediterranean Sea on packed, flimsy boats, seeking safety in Europe.
Now, Business Insider reports that the mountains of used jackets discarded on Greek shores have been repurposed. They have been carefully handcrafted into bracelets bearing a message of hope imprinted on the wristband. The message is "Building humanity piece by piece."
That's the idea Mohamed Malim, a 22-year-old entrepreneur and former Somali refugee, wants to share with Americans. he calls the life jacket bracelets "Embracelets." They are a humbling reminder of his own journey to the United States and why he believes the global refugee crisis can't be forgotten.