Throughout Exit West, Nadia and Saeed are confronted with disconectivity due to the lack of cellular reception. At the beginning of their relationship when the war isn’t too severe, the two can plan meetups, discuss their wellbeing, and have a presence in each other’s lives when they’re separated. As the severity of the war results in increased government control, Nadia and Saeed’s connection is limited to face-to-face interactions. They had to plan ahead and make their time spent together worthwhile.
After leaving their hometown to Greece, Saeed immediately tries to call his father on the phone. Due to his service not reaching the distance, Saeed cannot communicate with or know anything about the health of his father. Although he knew he would most likely never see his father in person again, Saeed still hoped he could contact him through their phones.
In our current society, those who have access to the internet and phones often take the amenity for granted. While one could communicate with their friend from across the world at any point, some don’t have the fortune of being able to hear from their loved ones.
Hamid’s inclusion of the absence of media between Nadia, Saeed, and his father reflects the lack of connection migrants often have from their hometown. When the face-to-face interactions are cut off due to location, one can only rely on phones or letters to bridge the distance. If access to media is unattainable for the migrant, their connection with a loved one is diminished to memories and thoughts.