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Bangkok, Thailand
By GonzaloAbad
05 Jun 2015

Photocall Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok.

The Royal Thai Government is organizing the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok. The Special Meeting is an urgent call for the region to comprehensively work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration in recent times.

The meeting will provide a forum to exchange information and views in addressing the unprecedented increase of irregular migration by sea. Senior officials responsibility for the issue from 17 countries in the region most affected by irregular migration by sea are expected to participate in the meeting, namely, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Thailand. In addition, the United States of America and Switzerland will participate as observers. Three international organizations, namely the UNHCR, UNODC, and IOM will also join the event.

The key topics of discussion will include:
1. Finding urgent solutions for the 7,000 irregular migrants estimated to be remaining in the Indian Ocean; 2. Finding long-term solutions to the problem of irregular migration in the Indian Ocean, particularly those related to human trafficking; 3. Addressing the challenges in countries of origin.
Key objectives of the meeting are:
1. Promote international cooperation in solving the problem, and engage key affected countries of origin, transit, and destination, considering that Thailand is a country of transit; 2. Emphasize the principle of international burden sharing; 3. Engage constructively with countries of origin and in the region.

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Thailand Migration Meeting. Interview...
Bangkok, Thailand
By GonzaloAbad
29 May 2015

Mr. Robertson, Deputy Director Asia of Human Right Watch, speak with us about first impressions of "Thailand Migration Meeting" and migration.
Bangkok, 29 May 2015

The Royal Thai Government is organizing the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok. The Special Meeting is an urgent call for the region to comprehensively work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration in recent times.

The meeting will provide a forum to exchange information and views in addressing the unprecedented increase of irregular migration by sea. Senior officials responsibility for the issue from 17 countries in the region most affected by irregular migration by sea are expected to participate in the meeting, namely, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Thailand. In addition, the United States of America and Switzerland will participate as observers. Three international organizations, namely the UNHCR, UNODC, and IOM will also join the event.

The key topics of discussion will include:
1. Finding urgent solutions for the 7,000 irregular migrants estimated to be remaining in the Indian Ocean; 2. Finding long-term solutions to the problem of irregular migration in the Indian Ocean, particularly those related to human trafficking; 3. Addressing the challenges in countries of origin.
Key objectives of the meeting are:
1. Promote international cooperation in solving the problem, and engage key affected countries of origin, transit, and destination, considering that Thailand is a country of transit; 2. Emphasize the principle of international burden sharing; 3. Engage constructively with countries of origin and in the region.

Mr. Robertson, Deputy Director Asia of Human Right Watch, speak with us about first impressions of "Thailand Migration Meeting" and migration.
Bangkok, 29 May 2015.

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Thailand Migration Meeting. Press Con...
Bangkok, Thailand
By GonzaloAbad
29 May 2015

Press Conferent General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Thai Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The Royal Thai Government is organizing the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok. The Special Meeting is an urgent call for the region to comprehensively work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration in recent times.

The meeting will provide a forum to exchange information and views in addressing the unprecedented increase of irregular migration by sea. Senior officials responsibility for the issue from 17 countries in the region most affected by irregular migration by sea are expected to participate in the meeting, namely, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Thailand. In addition, the United States of America and Switzerland will participate as observers. Three international organizations, namely the UNHCR, UNODC, and IOM will also join the event.

The key topics of discussion will include:
1. Finding urgent solutions for the 7,000 irregular migrants estimated to be remaining in the Indian Ocean; 2. Finding long-term solutions to the problem of irregular migration in the Indian Ocean, particularly those related to human trafficking; 3. Addressing the challenges in countries of origin.
Key objectives of the meeting are:
1. Promote international cooperation in solving the problem, and engage key affected countries of origin, transit, and destination, considering that Thailand is a country of transit; 2. Emphasize the principle of international burden sharing; 3. Engage constructively with countries of origin and in the region.

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Thai Migration Meeting 1
Bangkok, Thailand
By GonzaloAbad
29 May 2015

Meeting room "Thai Migration Meeting".

The Royal Thai Government is organizing the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok. The Special Meeting is an urgent call for the region to comprehensively work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration in recent times.

The meeting will provide a forum to exchange information and views in addressing the unprecedented increase of irregular migration by sea. Senior officials responsibility for the issue from 17 countries in the region most affected by irregular migration by sea are expected to participate in the meeting, namely, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Thailand. In addition, the United States of America and Switzerland will participate as observers. Three international organizations, namely the UNHCR, UNODC, and IOM will also join the event.

The key topics of discussion will include:
1. Finding urgent solutions for the 7,000 irregular migrants estimated to be remaining in the Indian Ocean; 2. Finding long-term solutions to the problem of irregular migration in the Indian Ocean, particularly those related to human trafficking; 3. Addressing the challenges in countries of origin.
Key objectives of the meeting are:
1. Promote international cooperation in solving the problem, and engage key affected countries of origin, transit, and destination, considering that Thailand is a country of transit; 2. Emphasize the principle of international burden sharing; 3. Engage constructively with countries of origin and in the region.

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Thai Migration Meeting 2
Bangkok, Thailand
By GonzaloAbad
29 May 2015

Stage of "Thai Migration Meeting"

The Royal Thai Government is organizing the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok. The Special Meeting is an urgent call for the region to comprehensively work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration in recent times.

The meeting will provide a forum to exchange information and views in addressing the unprecedented increase of irregular migration by sea. Senior officials responsibility for the issue from 17 countries in the region most affected by irregular migration by sea are expected to participate in the meeting, namely, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Thailand. In addition, the United States of America and Switzerland will participate as observers. Three international organizations, namely the UNHCR, UNODC, and IOM will also join the event.

The key topics of discussion will include:
1. Finding urgent solutions for the 7,000 irregular migrants estimated to be remaining in the Indian Ocean; 2. Finding long-term solutions to the problem of irregular migration in the Indian Ocean, particularly those related to human trafficking; 3. Addressing the challenges in countries of origin.
Key objectives of the meeting are:
1. Promote international cooperation in solving the problem, and engage key affected countries of origin, transit, and destination, considering that Thailand is a country of transit; 2. Emphasize the principle of international burden sharing; 3. Engage constructively with countries of origin and in the region.

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Thai Migration Meeting 3
Bangkok, Thailand
By GonzaloAbad
29 May 2015

Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok.

The Royal Thai Government is organizing the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok. The Special Meeting is an urgent call for the region to comprehensively work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration in recent times.

The meeting will provide a forum to exchange information and views in addressing the unprecedented increase of irregular migration by sea. Senior officials responsibility for the issue from 17 countries in the region most affected by irregular migration by sea are expected to participate in the meeting, namely, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Thailand. In addition, the United States of America and Switzerland will participate as observers. Three international organizations, namely the UNHCR, UNODC, and IOM will also join the event.

The key topics of discussion will include:
1. Finding urgent solutions for the 7,000 irregular migrants estimated to be remaining in the Indian Ocean; 2. Finding long-term solutions to the problem of irregular migration in the Indian Ocean, particularly those related to human trafficking; 3. Addressing the challenges in countries of origin.
Key objectives of the meeting are:
1. Promote international cooperation in solving the problem, and engage key affected countries of origin, transit, and destination, considering that Thailand is a country of transit; 2. Emphasize the principle of international burden sharing; 3. Engage constructively with countries of origin and in the region.

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Rescued Rohingya Migrants Find Shelte...
Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
19 May 2015

Nearly 1,000 refugees from the oppressed Rohingya minority in Myanmar, and economic migrants from Bangladesh have washed ashore in Aceh, Indonesia after harrowing journeys drifting in the sea, being abandoned by their traffickers.

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
19 May 2015

Refugees sit in a warehouse after they were rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Sunday May 17, 2015 in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
19 May 2015

Refugees pick through donated clothing after they were rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar on Sunday May 17, 2015 in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
19 May 2015

Indonesian police keep an eye on Bangladeshi refugees two days after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Sunday May 17, 2015 in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
19 May 2015

Refugees sit in a warehouse after they were rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Sunday May 17, 2015 in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

Refugees from Bangladesh rest for two days after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Sunday May 17, 2015 in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Rohingyas in Indonesia 03
Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

A refugee sits in a holding facility set up by Indonesian officials at the fishing port of Langsa after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying 712 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Saturday May 16, 2015 in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

Refugees rest in a warehouse after they were rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Sunday May 17, 2015 in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Rohingyas in Indonesia 05
Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

Refugees sit in a medical tent receiving IV's after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying 712 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Saturday May 16, 2015 in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

A refugee being treated with an IV is helped to a cot after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying 712 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Saturday May 16, 2015 in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

A refugee lies in a medical tent receiving an IV after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying 712 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Saturday May 16, 2015 in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

Mohammed Dabio, a Rohingya from Bangladesh shows wounds he says he received during beatings by smugglers as he sits in a medical tent after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying 712 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Saturday May 16, 2015, in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Rohingyas in Indonesia 09
Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

A sick Rohingya refugee from Myanmar weeps in the warehouse where she has been staying for two days after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Sunday May 17, 2015 in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

A Rohingya refugee from Myanmar looks after her sick baby in the warehouse where she has been staying for two days after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Sunday May 17, 2015 in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

A Rohingya refugee from Myanmar looks after her sick baby in the warehouse where she has been staying for two days after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Sunday May 17, 2015 in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

A refugee from Bangladesh escorts a sick man out of a warehouse where they and other refugees are staying for two days after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Sunday May 17, 2015 in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

Refugees sit in a warehouse after they were rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Sunday May 17, 2015 in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

A Rohingya refugee from Myanmar weeps in the warehouse where she is staying two days after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Sunday May 17, 2015 in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

A man walks his friend being treated with an IV drip to the toilets in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities two days after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Sunday May 17, 2015 in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

A refugees draw water from a well to wash with after they were rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Sunday May 17, 2015 in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

A refugee looks out at the sea at a holding facility set up by Indonesian officials at the fishing port of Langsa after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying 712 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Saturday May 16, 2015 in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

Refugees pick clothes from a pile of donated clothing in a holding facility set up by Indonesian officials at the fishing port of Langsa after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying 712 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Saturday May 16, 2015 in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
17 May 2015

A refugee is documented at the fishing port of Langsa after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying 712 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Saturday May 16, 2015 in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Aceh, Indonesia
By Ed Wray
16 May 2015

A refugee weeps in an aid tent a day after being rescued from a sinking boat carrying over 700 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar Sunday May 16, 2015 in a makeshift holding facility set up by Indonesian authorities in Langsa, Indonesia.(Photo by Ed Wray)

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Human Trafficking: A Migrant's Story
Kafranbel
By Transterra Editor
30 Apr 2015

Majd Bayoush is a 22-year-old who fled his hometown of Kafranbel in north Syria with the aim of smuggling himself into Europe. After a perilous and complicated journey that lasted for nearly three months, he reached Germany, where he is waiting for the final procedures before he is granted political asylum.

The following is his story as told to Transterra Media.

I arrived to the port city of Izmir, Turkey on September 22, 2014. On the same day, I took an inflatable boat with 47 other migrants and sailed to the Greek island of Samos. We reached our destination after 2.5 hours. The boat deflated and sank after it hit the rocky shore.   

We had agreed with the smuggler Abu Abdu, a Syrian man nicknamed ‘the Tiger’, to surrender to the Greek police once we reach the island. Before leaving Turkey, I deposited 8,000 euros at a money transfer office called ‘al-Saeed’ controlled by the smuggling gang.  [This transfer company has offices in other countries.] Abu Abdu took 2,500 euros out of that sum.

We climbed a mountain on the island of Samos and reached a police station, where policemen confiscated all our possessions, including our mobile phones, and detained us for three days. On Sept. 25, the police authorities placed us below the deck in a cruise boat, which headed to an island near Samos. I do not know its name. There was a camp that held other captured illegal migrants who were Afghans, Asians and Palestinians. However, most of them were Syrians. 

FULL TEXT IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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Samos
By Transterra Editor
28 Apr 2015

Majd and other migrants at the ferry boat dock before the voyage to Athens after being released from a detention camp near Samos, Greece.

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Human Trafficking: A Migrant's Story ...
Kafranbel
By Transterra Editor
27 Apr 2015

Majd Bayoush is a 22-year-old who fled his hometown of Kafranbel in north Syria with the aim of smuggling himself into Europe. After a perilous and complicated journey that lasted for nearly three months, he reached Germany, where he is waiting for the final procedures before he is granted political asylum.

SHOTLIST

Shot of migrants on climbing a mountain after reaching the Greek island of Samos

OFF CAMERA
00:09 – 00:16
“This is the boat after UNINTELLIGIBLE."

Shot of the migrants on the boat to Athens

NAT Sound
01:01 – 01:03
“Film where we were staying.”

01:08 – 01:11
“Film the mountain there.” Shot of the migrants walking along railroad tracks from Greece to Macedonia

OFF CAMERA
01:31 – 01:32
“The road to Macedonia.”

Shot of migrant encampment near the Greek-Macedonian border

NAT Sound
01:52- 01:56
“I hope you have not filmed me.”

02:07 – 02:10
“We need light bulb and electricity.”

Shot of a Macedonian soldier overseeing the migrant’s tents on the border after burning them

OFF CAMERA
02:25 – 02:31
“The Macedonian army. The Greek-Macedonian border.” 02:39 - 02:43
“All you do is film.” Shot of burnt tents near the Greek-Macedonian border
Shot of migrants around a fire in Gevgilija, Macedonia

OFF CAMERA
03:16 -03:24
“The Macedonian-Greek border. Syrian and Iraqi refugee.”

Shot of migrants in the outdoors in an unnamed area near the Macedonian-Serbian border
Shot of migrants walking railroad tracks near the Greek-Macedonian border

OFF CAMERA
03:54 – 03:56
“The Macedonian border.”

Shot inside the central prison in Gazi Baba, Skpoje

OFF CAMERA
04:30 – 05:14
“This is the bathroom. This is where we wash. Even animals are washed in a better place. Animals are washed in a place that is better than this. These are the sinks. We are in Skopje.[SHOWING A WATER HEATER] They have cut the wires so that we do not shower with hot water. This is the toilet.”

Shot of migrants arriving to a house owned by a Pakistani smuggler who called himself Ahmad.

OFF CAMERA
05:18
“The Macedonian-Serbian border.” 05:34
“The Macedonian-Serbian border.”

Shot of the courtyard of a house owned by a Pakistani smuggler who called himself Ahmad
Shot of migrants walking at night in the outdoors in Serbia

NAT Sound
05:57
“-Are you filming? -Yes.”

Shot of migrants being transported by tractor in Serbia

Shot of migrants walking at night in the outdoors in Serbia
Exterior shot of the house in which Majd lives in the village of Tönning near Hamburg

06:38
OFF CAMERA
“This is the house to which I was moved in Hamburg. They gave me this house until my residency permit is issued. This is a village called Tunning to the north of Hamburg.”

Traveling shot of a street in Tönning, near Hamburg

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Inside Look: Syrian Refugees Imprison...
Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
24 Mar 2015

March 22, 2015
Alexandria, Egypt

A group of Syrian refugees who attempted to smuggle themselves illegally by what they call the "boats of death" from Turkey to Italy have been detained by Egyptian police and sent to Karmouz prison in Alexandria. The refugees who fled from the civil war in Syria, set off from the Turkish port town of Mersin on September 23, 2014. The boat's engine stopped in Egyptian waters leaving them adrift. They spent 7 days floating in the sea with little food or water before they were picked up by the Egyptian coast guard on September 30, 2014, and brought back to Alexandria.

These photos and videos were taken in the Alexandrian prison on March 22, 2015. They show how the refugees are living their daily lives inside the prison where the prison warden has allowed them to have laptops and mobile phones. According to the refugees who declined to give their names, there are 74 Syrians and Syrian-Palestinians who are being detained in this prison, including 15 children and 8 women. They were all victims of human trafficking. 

In the videos two men describe the ordeal of the refugees and their desperation. One of the men asked that his face be obscured.

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Syrian Refugee Imprisoned in Egypt
Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A group of Syrian refugees who attempted to smuggle themselves illegally by what they call the "boats of death" from Turkey to Italy have been detained by Egyptian police and sent to Karmouz prison in Alexandria. The refugees who fled from the civil war in Syria, set off from the Turkish port town of Mersin on September 23, 2014. The boat's engine stopped in Egyptian waters leaving them adrift. They spent 7 days floating in the sea with little food or water before they were picked up by the Egyptian coast guard on September 30, 2014, and brought back to Alexandria.

These photos and videos were taken in the Alexandrian prison on March 22, 2015. They show how the refugees are living their daily lives inside the prison where the prison warden has allowed them to have laptops and mobile phones. According to the refugees who declined to give their names, there are 74 Syrians and Syrian-Palestinians who are being detained in this prison, including 15 children and 8 women. They were all victims of human trafficking.

In the videos two men describe the ordeal of the refugees and their desperation. One of the men asked that his face be obscured.

Transcription:

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man)
1min 35 sec
“We left Syria around a year ago. After several attempts, we after traveling reached Egypt in the sea for seven days. We almost died in the middle of the sea because the boat broke down. We suffered a lot. We lost drinking water, luggage and food. A baby who was with us on the boat died. The Egyptian navy arrested us on September 30, 2014. Until this day, we have been detained in Karmouz prison. We were transferred to different prisoners. There is not any country that will receive us because we do not have documents. The only country that would receive us is Syria. However, we cannot return to Syria. All human rights organizations have talked with us, but they have given us false promises. We do not have any hope. I also have a personal suffering. I lost my wife, son and brother in another journey, during which the boat drowned. My psychological situation is very bad. We are suffering a lot.
We hope that you… we urge all the officials in Egypt or any other country as well as the [United Nations] to help us to travel to Europe, which was our initial destination.”

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian refugee washes his plate in his cell in the Karmouz prison, Alexandria

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian refugee washes his plate in the Karmouz prison, Alexandria.

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian refugee hangs out his washing in his cell in the Karmouz prison.

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian refugee prepares a meal inside the Karmouz prison.