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Refugees allowed to leave for Germany

DSC_5894At Keleti Station in Budapest this evening there was a crush as people tried to board the trains taking them to Germany.  The news that they would actually be allowed to get on trains had spread fast amongst refugees and there was a huge throng.  The mood was anxiously optimistic.  Many people tugged at my sleeve and asked me to photograph them in family groups.  Some people posed with their tickets, clearly relieved to be getting away from Hungary at last. A young Syrian spoke to me about the appalling and unsanitary conditions in the camp where he had not even been able to take a shower for seven days.  He was angry and said that he didn’t want any money from anyone, he just wanted to be treated like a human being and not an animal and to remember that he and others were fleeing a war.

 

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