“The European border is like a wall—we have to get across, whatever it costs,” said Wassim, a 31-year-old Syrian man I met in Turkey, in the southern port town of Mersin. He had left a wife and a newborn child to flee to Mersin, the new crossing point for migrants trying to reach the European Union.
These are the people we met along the way. All were expecting a welcoming Europe. What they found were smugglers who manipulated them and stole their money, policemen and border guards who kicked them back, petty criminals who robbed them.
The most determined—or the luckiest—managed to cross. Others are still stuck in a limbo. These six videos, realized with the support of the Open Society Foundations and published on the Italian website Internazionale, tell their stories.
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