The desperate journey

1 #MamoudouGassama: Malian migrant is man of the hour

28 mei 2018

The astounding rescue of a child dangling from a Paris balcony has caught the imagination of the world. Mamoudou Gassama – a young Malian migrant – met the French president and has been told he’ll have his citizenship fast-tracked. Some have accused France’s politicians of opportunism and hypocrisy – but most just want to pay their tribute to a true hero.
 

2 The Rising Tide: Europe’s Refugees Wash Ashore in Greece

8 okt. 2015

For thousands of desperate refugees, the dangerous first step on their journey to Europe could be their last. Samaritan’s Purse teams are stationed at several primary stops across Europe distributing necessary supplies. http://www.samaritanspurse.org/disast…
 

3 Europe’s Migration Tragedy: Life and death in the Mediterranean

2 okt. 2016

In this harrowing film Sky’s Mark Stone witnesses the extraordinary rescue of hundreds of migrants off Libya’s coast. Shows scenes of migrant rescues and dead bodies.
 

4 Escape to Europe: The migrants’ story – BBC Newsnight

19 jun. 2015

Gabriel Gatehouse aboard a rescue ship on the risks desperate migrants are prepared to take reach Europe
 
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5 Rescued African migrants say they are fleeing slavery

28 jun. 2017

Italy has threatened to stop foreign boats carrying migrants rescued in the central Mediterranean Sea from docking in its ports unless other EU countries do more to help.
 
It comes amid a surge in arrivals in recent days, as we reported last night from aboard a German rescue vessel. Tonight we hear from the migrants and refugees themselves.
 
A warning: this report contains images and testimony that you may find distressing.
 

6 Syrian Refugee Crisis – The hardest part of their journey to Europe.

18 okt. 2015

Thousands of Syrians on the hardest part of their journey to Europe, Step By Step. Migrants have flooded into Europe because of wars in the Middle East, arriving at Greek islands through Turkey, on their way to Macedonia. Their aim is to travel through Serbia and Hungary, and on to other European countries, particularly Germany, through Austria.
 

7 Surviving One of the Deadliest Routes to Europe: Refugees at Sea

11 mrt. 2016

 
Desperate to escape conflict and poverty, thousands of migrants and refugees attempt the perilous journey to Europe each year, with many crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa in rubber dinghies and wooden boats.
 
In the wake of the decommissioning of Mare Nostrum, a search and rescue operation run by Italy, the humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), launched their own vessel, named the Bourbon Argos, to find those stranded at sea and save those in trouble on one of the deadliest routes to Europe.
 
On board the vessel, refugees and migrants are provided with medical aid, food, and shelter, then brought safely to Italian shores. Having survived life in Libya, ruthless treatment by smugglers, and horrific conditions aboard flimsy boats, once aboard the Bourbon Argos they face yet more uncertainty as they approach Europe.
 
VICE News teamed up with MSF to document these search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean and speak to rescued refugees and migrants, hearing about the suffering they have endured in their attempts to reach a new life.
 
Watch “My Escape From Syria: Europe or Die” – http://bit.ly/1LiVIJk Read “Wet, Sick, and Stuck: Thousands of Children Are Facing Deteriorating Conditions on Europe’s Borders” – http://bit.ly/1pzpdCu
 

8 Saved at Sea : Rescuing Migrants in the Mediterranean – the fifth estate

29 okt. 2016

In recent months, tens of thousands of desperate souls have been saved from certain death in the frigid waters of the Mediterranean. Recently, the crew of the Red Cross MOAS Responder agreed to let The Fifth Estate come onboard to join in one of their rescue missions. As our cameras rolled, on a single day, hundreds of migrants were plucked from listing wooden boats and rubber dinghies. The CBC’s Nahlah Ayed chronicles the huge international effort to save migrants who seek a better life in Europe but often risk death getting there.
 
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9 Desperate Journey: Europe’s Refugee Crisis

17 nov. 2015

(November 17, 2015) More than 800,000 asylum seekers and migrants have arrived in Europe by sea in 2015, with most traveling onward to northern and western EU countries. According to UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, 84 percent were from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, or Iraq – all countries experiencing conflict, widespread violence and insecurity, or countries with highly repressive governments.
European Union governments should take urgent action to bring Europe’s response to the refugee challenge, now a full blown EU crisis, in line with their legal responsibilities and stated values.
 
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10 Refugee crisis: Hundreds in stand-off with police in Hungary after refusing to go to migrant camp

3 sep. 2015

Frustration turned to anger and violence today, for some of the thousands of refugees and migrants, trying to get from Hungary to a new life in the heart of Europe.
 

 

11 Italy’s Mediterranean Mass Grave: Europe or Die

16 feb. 2015

Since 2000, more than 27,000 migrants and refugees have died attempting the perilous journey to Europe. With an unprecedented number of people breaking through its heavily barricaded borders in 2014, the EU continues to fortify its frontiers. 
 
In the fourth and final episode of Europe or Die, VICE News correspondent Milène Larsson arrives in Italy as the only extensive search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean is replaced with a border surveillance mission, effectively leaving thousands of desperate migrants adrift in the sea.
 
Watch Episode 1: “Storming Spain’s Razor-Wire Fence” – http://bit.ly/1zhzsJB 
 
Watch Part 1 of Episode 2: “Death Boats to Greece (Part 1)” – http://bit.ly/1MptYFO 
 
Watch Part 2 of Episode 2: “Death Boats to Greece (Part 2)” – http://bit.ly/1EBfBsc 
 
Watch Episode 3: “Trapped in Bulgaria” – http://bit.ly/1Fgsiwl 
 
Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com
 

 

12 The tiny Greek island sinking under Europe’s migrant crisis

18 aug. 2015

Leros is a tiny Greek island seven miles from the Turkish coast where 2,500 migrants have arrived illegally by boat in the last three weeks. Without support from Athens or Europe, overstretched local authorities rely on a committed team of local volunteers to prevent chaos and humanitarian crisis. But as increasing numbers of migrants arrive at Leros, the island is at breaking point, as Phoebe Greenwood reports
 

13 The Ethiopian migrants who make the desperate journey to Saudi Arabia via Yemen

14 feb. 2020

Every day, thousands of Ethiopians set off on foot on a desperate 2,000-kilometre trek in the hope of reaching Saudi Arabia. Their route takes them across the Djibouti desert, the Red Sea and Yemen, a country ravaged by civil war. Every year, hundreds die of exhaustion in the desert or drown while crossing the Gulf of Aden. Those who make it to Yemen, often having starved for days on end, are easy prey for the local mafia who kidnap them for ransom. Our reporters followed these migrants on their journey and documented, with exclusive footage, the extent of human trafficking.
 

14 Sexual Exploitation of Young Refugees in Greece

10 apr. 2018

In 2015, Greece found itself on the frontline of the biggest refugee crisis since World War II and caught unprepared to receive record numbers of people. The EU shut its border to Greece in 2016 to prevent refugees from moving further up the continent, leaving 50,000 people trapped there. Among them are up to 3,000 unaccompanied children aged 12 to 17 who have traveled alone from countries like Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Pakistan. With insufficient accommodation, almost half of the young unaccompanied refugees in Greece have fallen outside of the system, many ending up on the streets where they are exposed to all sorts of dangers, including sexual exploitation and abuse.
 
We meet two boys, aged 15 and 16 who were coerced into prostitution in exchange for food and a few euros. We also speak the Mayor of Athens, Giorgos Kaminis, who is outspoken about the horrors facing young refugees in his city, and investigate whether his attempts to put pressure on the police have been effective.
 

15 Migrant Kids In Crisis In Greece | Stacey Dooley Investigates

19 apr. 2016

Stacey Dooley travels to Greece to follow children on the migrant trail, as they flee wars and seek new lives in Western Europe.
 

16 Life As An Illegal Immigrant in Greece

16 apr. 2014

Greece has always been a gateway for immigrants searching for what they assumed would be a better life in Europe. But many of those who’ve crossed illegally into Greece have found that they have traded one bad situation for another. Refugees from war-torn countries like Syria and Afghanistan are finding themselves stuck in a country that is not only battling an economic crisis but is witnessing a rise in anti-immigrant violence, exemplified by the a nationalist political party known as the Golden Dawn.

VICE News’ Alex Miller travelled from Athens to the western port of Patras to find out what it is like to be trapped in a country you never wanted to be in in the first place.

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17 Refugees stranded in Greece | DW Documentary

11 mei 2019

The refugee camps in Greece are hopelessly overcrowded. Many refugees are sick and traumatized and government agencies overtaxed. The situation is particularly difficult for unaccompanied minors. The number of suicides is increasing.

A lack of hygiene, violence, sexual harassment, no prospects: these are the conditions under which three times as many refugees as originally planned live in the camp on Samos. And, even though the Balkan route is closed, new refugees are still coming every day. They cannot leave the island. The number of suicides is rising. The UNHCR says asylum applications should be examined more quickly and unaccompanied, underage refugees taken to the mainland to rejoin their families as soon as possible. Aid workers say they have never experienced conditions like the ones in the Greek refugee camps during their previous missions around the world. Only private aid organizations can bring hope. Some young people manage to escape to Athens. They hope to be able to leave Greece more easily from there. But many of them remain stuck in the city, begging – and in some cases, even resorting to prostitution to get by.
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18 The Harrowing Personal Stories of Syrian Refugees, in Their Own Words

3 okt. 2017

A documentary film crew travels to Greece to capture the perspectives of new arrivals.
 
“I don’t think the human mind is able to understand the suffering we’ve experienced,” says a man in Matthew K. Firpo’s short documentary, Refuge. Filmed on location in 2016 in four different refugee camps across Greece—outside Athens and on the islands of Lesvos and Leros—the film allows victims of the Syrian Civil War to share their experiences. One man describes how his sewing factory was completely destroyed, leaving him penniless and starving. Another man says he was jailed and tortured for attempting to distribute food; his brother was killed shortly thereafter. Some lost everyone and everything. “Wherever I went in Syria, I saw the injured and the dead,” yet another refugee recounts. For Firpo and his production team, Refuge was a passion project fueled by “wanting to know more about the people living these headlines. I wanted to know more about their stories, about what they had lost, what they had left behind, and where they hoped their lives were headed. While news coverage focused on the problem, it often forgot about the human being.”
 
For more information on the film, visit: http://www.refugeproject.co/refuge-mkf/
 
The Atlantic Selects is a showcase of short films from independent creators curated by The Atlantic.
 

19 Syrian Refugee Children Speak Out | UNICEF

4 feb. 2013

Syrian children discuss escaping the violence in the Syrian Arab Republic and their current situation in Lebanon as refugees.
 
For more information about the Syrian crisis, please go to: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/s…
 
The official UNICEF YouTube channel is your primary destination for the latest news updates from the frontline, documentaries, celebrity appeals, and more about our work to get the rights of every child realized.
 

20 Children Fleeing Syria Are Dying In Lebanon’s Refugee Camps

23 aug. 2017

Robbed of a Homeland: Thousands of Syrians escaped war to refugee camps in Lebanon. But a shortage of medical supplies mean life for many is just as dangerous as in a war zone, as people die from treatable diseases. Sarah Abo and Ronan Sharkey report for Dateline.
 

21 This Is Home: Children Document Life in Largest Syrian Refugee Camp

26 sep. 2016

ABC and UNICEF partnered to give Syrian child refugees a chance to document their lives.
 

22 Syrian Refugee Camps Becoming Established Cities

23 jun. 2014

Home away from home: The tragic story of the Jordan/Syria border crisis.

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The civil war in Syria has created the world’s worst refugee crisis in twenty years. 2.8 million people have fled their homeland to live in foreign camps, such as the UNHCR camp in northern Jordan.

“I always heard the word refugee but I never imagined I would be one”, says Samar Hariri, a grieving school teacher and mother of five. Samar, her husband and their children are just a handful of the 100,000 displaced Syrians who flocked to Camp Zaatari – just a few kilometres from the border with Syria – and who now call it home. Two years ago, collections of tents sat incongruously in the middle of this barren desert. Now a refugee city with a distinctive heart and soul of its own, a community of resilient, hopeful people looks set to grow ever more established. “You ask yourself, why is this happening to me? A person who always had dignity now has none”. Once a prosperous, middle class family man, Abu Diaa now focuses on transforming their camp into something resembling home: an essential coping mechanism for enduring life in a refugee camp. It is an impulse Kilian Kleinschmidt, head of Zaatari Camp, understands: “When you lose everything… your home, your belongings, you have lost your identity. Everything has gone.” In this deeply moving report we witness the stoicism of a family rebuilding themselves among thousands of others.

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23 World’s largest Syrian refugee camp has developed its own economy

18 jun. 2016

Zataari in Jordan, the largest Syrian refugee camp in the world with 80,000 people, was supposed to provide temporary housing for people when the government and United Nations opened it in 2012. But since residents have not been able to leave, they have started 3,000 businesses, including pastry shops, a pizza place, a supermarket and a gardening shop, and cities nearby have loosened employment restrictions.
 

24 The dangerous boat ride to Greece through the eyes of a Syrian refugee girl | UNICEF

5 nov. 2015

Malak, a 7-year-old Syrian girl with an old soul, recounts her journey from Syria to Greece. She misses her friends and lost all of her belongings during the dangerous journey to Europe with her mother. After reaching Greece, she says “I hope things get back to how they were.”
 
Find out more about our work helping children affected by the refugee and migrant crisis: http://www.unicef.org/emergencies/ind… 
 
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25 Syrian Refugees in Kurdistan | Faith Matters

7 apr. 2014

Dmiz Refugee Camp is located on the outskirts of Dohuk, in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, some 70 kilometers from the Syrian border. It was constructed to accommodate 10,000 persons but an estimated 70,000 are living there now: refugees from the civil war in Syria. Read more: http://www.dw.de/program/faith-matter…
 

26 Syrian Children – Refugee Camp Niroz | UNICEF

21 aug. 2013

Syrian Children in Refugee Camps.

Produced by Jezza Neumann for Your Worldview, a global online platform showcasing short films from around the world.

For its new “HOME” season, Neumann produced several short films about Syrian children in the Domiz refugee camp in Kurdistan, Iraq.

This segment of Kids in Camps features a 10-year-old girl named Neeroz.

The official UNICEF YouTube channel is your primary destination for the latest news updates from the frontline, documentaries, celebrity appeals, and more about our work to get the rights of every child realized.

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25 Lebanon: A tiny computer lets Syrian refugees learn | UNICEF

20 nov. 2014

More than three years into the Syrian crisis, many of the 3 million displaced children haven’t returned to school. But UNICEF innovation specialist James Cranwell-Ward saw a solution in a small low-cost technology – a computer hard drive the size of a credit card called the Raspberry Pi.

To read more stories on The State of the World’s Children, visit: http://www.sowc2015.unicef.org.

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26 Syrian Children in Lebanon- Return to Learning | UNICEF

10 jan. 2014

Watch children, parents and teachers discuss what it’s been like for Syrian refugee children to return to learning through ‘non-formal’ classes, in Lebanon.
 
For more information, visit: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/l… official UNICEF YouTube channel is your primary destination for the latest news updates from the frontline, documentaries, celebrity appeals, and more about our work to get the rights of every child realized.
 

27 Refugee Life: Through a Child’s Eyes

12 jul. 2016

Little Hamze was uprooted from his home in Mosul, Iraq when ISIS swept through the area in 2014. Now, he and his father have made it to Idomeni, Greece where they await safe passage to Germany and hope to be able to send for Hamze’s mother and sister. 
 
Please watch: “Health Workers in Haiti: A Day in the Life” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR2l3…
 
 

28 Hiba’s Story: Ten-Year-Old Syrian Refugee | UNICEF USA

29 nov. 2016

Every time you get a child to learn and play. There is hope. 
 
Hiba Al Nabolsi, age 10, a refugee from Syria, at a center in Macedonia where UNICEF helps children with education, activities, sanitation, and a child friendly space where they can play and learn. 
 
Born out of the rubble of WW II, UNICEF has promoted children’s rights and has a presence in over 190 countries and territories, helping to save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. 
 
However dire the circumstances, UNICEF has always stood for hope, because we know that — with commitment over time — we can accomplish real progress for the world’s children.
 

29 We Walk Together: a Syrian refugee family’s journey to the heart of Europe

10 sep. 2015

Thousands of refugees were sleeping rough at Budapest’s Keleti station, waiting for trains to take them to western Europe. Then, they just got up and walked. Guardian journalist and filmmaker John Domokos went with them, every step of the way. This is the story of one Syrian family, and those who came out to help.
 

30 The Long Journey – A Syrian Family’s Europe Passage

29 dec. 2015

After explosions rock their home in Kobane, Syria, a young family set out on a perilous journey in search of safety in northern Europe.
 
“Our life was destroyed. We saw many people slaughtered in front of our eyes. We don’t dare go back,” Naleen said, huddled under a tree.
 
Dara and Naleen were among the thousands who fled Kobane, the Kurdish village on Syria’s border with Turkey, which was overrun by militants.
 
It was on the beach of the small fishing village of Skala Sikaminias, under the light of the Church of the Mermaid Madonna, that we first met Dara and Naleen and their family. Like so many others, they had nothing but their mobile phones, some money, a bag for the children and the clothes on their backs.
 
This is their story.
 
 
 

31 Syria’s women refugees fear sham marriages and rape

28 mrt. 2013

Produced, directed & filmed by Sharron Ward 
Reported by Jackie Long.
 
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32 Syrian Refugee Children – Struggle in Lebanon Winter | UNICEF

Syrian Refugee Children talk about living in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, now that winter has come. Subscribe to UNICEF here: http://bit.ly/1ltTE3m
 
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33 Syria: No strings l Witness

18 aug. 2014

Three Syrian children seek refuge over the Turkish border where teachers try to help them cope with the trauma of war.
 

34 🇸🇾 Syria: so near, so far | Al Jazeera World

19 mrt. 2015

Filmmaker: Ahmet Yurtkul Five Syrians, among the thousands fleeing to Turkey, reveal their hopes, fears, and why their
 

35 Al Jazeera World – From Riches to Rags

2 apr. 2015

 
 

 

36 Images of the refugee crisis | DW Documentary

4 sep. 2020

Images from the refugee crisis in 2015 are etched in our collective memory. A dead child on the beach. A Syrian who talks the German chancellor into joining in a selfie. A frightened boy being torn from a bus surrounded by a raging mob.

These snapshots represent dramatic moments from the time when nearly a million refugees entered Germany in the summer of 2015. In this documentary, the authors Bamdad Esmaili and Matthias Fuchs go in search of the stories behind the pictures. What really happened back then? Where are the people who were in them now? And how did their lives unfold after the summer when German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared in front of the television cameras to say, “We’ll manage this”?

Anas Modamani lives and studies in Berlin. In 2015, he photographed himself and the Chancellor together. “Through that ‘selfie.’ I found friends and learned the language,” he says. But the image didn’t just bring him good fortune. His likeness went viral and he was labelled a terrorist. Modamani took Facebook to court. The filmmakers also encounter volunteers from Munich’s main train station who handed out teddy bears back then. And they meet perfectly integrated refugees who love Bavarian food as well as others who have barely learned German even after five years. Again and again, Esmaili and Fuchs ask, “‘We’ll manage it.’ But did we really?” They also speak with the father and aunt of two-year-old Alan Kurdi, who drowned near the Turkish town of Bodrum.

Five years after the refugee crisis, it seems the world has changed yet somehow still remains the same. The situation on the border between Turkey and Greece has not eased and Europe still doesn’t have any workable solutions to the problem of how to process and distribute new refugees. Even now, in 2020, thousands of people are still hoping to make their way to Europe.

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37 Moria – the EU’s failed refugee policy | DW Documentary

31 jan. 2021

The Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos has become a symbol of the failure of EU Policy. Dramatic images of a fire at the camp in September 2020 have put pressure on the EU Commission to draft a new refugee agreement.

The flaws of EU refugee policy have been known for years: asylum applications take far too long to process, only some member states accept approved refugees, and many asylum seekers who’ve been turned down can’t be sent back to their countries of origin. But who is actually responsible for the situation in Moria? Is it the EU, or individual member states that refuse to compromise? And what are the chances of finding a solution, after years of deadlock?

The makers of this documentary tracked the lives of refugees on Lesbos for a year. Living conditions in the Moria camp have long been unacceptable. Some German cities, including Bielefeld, offered help immediately after the fire. Should the camp take in new refugees? The film features interviews with supporters and critics of this policy, and with former refugees who lived at the camp.

The reporters also talked to EU officials, and politicians and experts from various countries to try to find out why this situation has dragged on for so long. They also discuss proposals for a more equitable distribution of future refugees among EU member states. For years, those countries have insisted that asylum applications be examined at their borders. That concept quite obviously failed in Moria.

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38 Libya’s refugee camps | DW Documentary

5 feb. 2021

Libyan refugee camps are hell on earth for many. That’s why people often accept deadly risks and attempt to cross the approximately 500 kilometers of Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Sicily – on overcrowded boats with little to protect them.

The refugee route across the Mediterranean has become a mass grave, as more and more migrants risk their lives by attempting to reach Europe. The charities “SOS MEDITERRANEE” and “Médecins Sans Frontières” have chartered the “Ocean Viking” – a rescue ship that has been cruising the Mediterranean since the end of 2019. Journalists Etienne Huver and Jean-Baptiste Renaud accompanied the ship on its mission. The crew has the task of rescuing as many people as possible from the water. They are always on the lookout for small boats that are unsuitable for the long journey to Europe. The results are dramatic images of rescue operations at sea, as well as the stories of refugees, most of whom have set out from Libya. There, refugees are often crammed into camps in inhumane conditions. There are instances of rape by police, as well as beatings and torture. The camera team gained access to one of these camps. Despite being shown the camp’s positive side by the man who runs it, the team also used a hidden camera to film in unauthorized areas.

The documentary depicts the inhumanity of Libya’s refugee camps and the fates of those who try to escape, as well as the efforts of “Ocean Viking” crew members to save lives.

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