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In Search of a New Home: The Migrant Journey

These photos, taken by VOA reporters in the field, capture some of the harrowing moments migrants experience on their journey north. Encountering adversity of every kind, they press on in hopes of a better future for their families.
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At a temporary refugee camp in Croatia, aid organizations are overwhelmed and unable to take care of all of the people. Families complain they have been separated from relatives as children are passed back and forth over a fence, Opatovac, Croatia, Sept. 22, 2015. (Heather Murdock/VOA)
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At a temporary refugee camp in Croatia, aid organizations are overwhelmed and unable to take care of all of the people. Families complain they have been separated from relatives as children are passed back and forth over a fence, Opatovac, Croatia, Sept. 22, 2015. (Heather Murdock/VOA)

Inside the camp are doctors, food and places to rest. Authorities don’t try to stop small children from sneaking inside, but teenagers who scale the fence are told to climb back out, Opatovac, Croatia, Sept. 22, 2015. (Heather Murdock/VOA)
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Inside the camp are doctors, food and places to rest. Authorities don’t try to stop small children from sneaking inside, but teenagers who scale the fence are told to climb back out, Opatovac, Croatia, Sept. 22, 2015. (Heather Murdock/VOA)

Hundreds of people waited outside the temporary camp all day on Tuesday, saying bad weather along with a lack of food and water are making more and more people sick, Opatovac, Croatia, Sept. 22, 2015. (Heather Murdock/VOA)  
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Hundreds of people waited outside the temporary camp all day on Tuesday, saying bad weather along with a lack of food and water are making more and more people sick, Opatovac, Croatia, Sept. 22, 2015. (Heather Murdock/VOA)

 

Refugees say they were exhausted when they arrived in Croatia and want to move forward through Hungary into western Europe as soon as possible, Opatovac, Croatia, Sept. 22, 2015. (Heather Murdock/VOA)  
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Refugees say they were exhausted when they arrived in Croatia and want to move forward through Hungary into western Europe as soon as possible, Opatovac, Croatia, Sept. 22, 2015. (Heather Murdock/VOA)

 

A small child sleeping, Croatia, Sept. 17, 2015. (Ayesha Tanzeem/VOA)
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A small child sleeping, Croatia, Sept. 17, 2015. (Ayesha Tanzeem/VOA)

Relief, and a smile, in a small Serbian village, Sept. 17, 2015. (Ayesha Tanzeem/VOA)
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Relief, and a smile, in a small Serbian village, Sept. 17, 2015. (Ayesha Tanzeem/VOA)

Members of the Serbian Red Cross give food and water to migrants, Croatia, Sept. 17, 2105. (Ayesha Tanzeem/VOA)
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Members of the Serbian Red Cross give food and water to migrants, Croatia, Sept. 17, 2105. (Ayesha Tanzeem/VOA)

Refugees and migrants find themselves stuck at the Serbia-Hungary border crossing after it's been shut down, Sept. 15, 2015. (Henry Ridgwell/VOA)
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Refugees and migrants find themselves stuck at the Serbia-Hungary border crossing after it's been shut down, Sept. 15, 2015. (Henry Ridgwell/VOA)

A torn sleeping bag remains atop the border fence in Asotthalom, Hungary, Sept. 15, 2015. (Gabor Ancsin / VOA)
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A torn sleeping bag remains atop the border fence in Asotthalom, Hungary, Sept. 15, 2015. (Gabor Ancsin / VOA)

Desperate for answers, migrants on the Serbian side of the fence ask VOA's local Arabic language translator on the Hungarian side, where to go and what to do, Sept. 15, 2015. (Ayesha Tanzeem/VOA)
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Desperate for answers, migrants on the Serbian side of the fence ask VOA's local Arabic language translator on the Hungarian side, where to go and what to do, Sept. 15, 2015. (Ayesha Tanzeem/VOA)

Thousands of migrants poured into Croatia on Thursday, setting up a new path toward western Europe after Hungary used tear gas and water cannon to keep them out of its territory. Here, a Syrian refugee family takes a rest, at Horgos, Serbia, Sept. 15, 2015. (Henry Ridgwell/VOA)
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Thousands of migrants poured into Croatia on Thursday, setting up a new path toward western Europe after Hungary used tear gas and water cannon to keep them out of its territory. Here, a Syrian refugee family takes a rest, at Horgos, Serbia, Sept. 15, 2015. (Henry Ridgwell/VOA)

Confusion is rampant among migrants who reached the Hungarian border from Serbia, only to find a four-meter high fence blocking their way, Sept. 15, 2015. (Ayesha Tanzeem/VOA)
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Confusion is rampant among migrants who reached the Hungarian border from Serbia, only to find a four-meter high fence blocking their way, Sept. 15, 2015. (Ayesha Tanzeem/VOA)

"Border Closed” signs in Hungarian and English displayed on the road from the border with Austria, Sept. 15, 2015. (Heather Murdock/VOA)
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"Border Closed” signs in Hungarian and English displayed on the road from the border with Austria, Sept. 15, 2015. (Heather Murdock/VOA)

A crowd waiting for the train at Röszke station, September 14, 2015. (Ayesha Tanzeem/VOA)
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A crowd waiting for the train at Röszke station, September 14, 2015. (Ayesha Tanzeem/VOA)

The boat leaving for Athens from Lesvos on Saturday was sold out for the weekend, as everyone arriving from Turkey who can afford it, leaves as soon as possible for the next country toward Germany, Sept. 12, 2015. (Heather Murdock/VOA)
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The boat leaving for Athens from Lesvos on Saturday was sold out for the weekend, as everyone arriving from Turkey who can afford it, leaves as soon as possible for the next country toward Germany, Sept. 12, 2015. (Heather Murdock/VOA)

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