Fighting heat waves for the next train to Europe

Published July 23rd, 2015 - 10:00 GMT
A Pakistani man travels on a train filled with other asylum-seekers bound for Belgrade, Serbia.  (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
A Pakistani man travels on a train filled with other asylum-seekers bound for Belgrade, Serbia. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

A rail ticket to Europe

Early this month my work took me from Sofia to the far east of Bosnia for the anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Before heading home I took the chance to stop in Serbia and see for myself the migration of hundreds of people heading north towards the European Union.

I had heard of - and my AFP colleagues had reported on - the many migrants crossing into Serbia from Macedonia, bound for the Hungarian border. For much of their arduous journey from the Middle East and further afield, these families travel on foot.

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My Syrian diary: part 32  

Sometimes strange things happen, and we cannot prove or explain them. We only know and accept that they happened.

On the first night of Eid, I had a beautiful dream. I saw my father smiling at me. He patted my shoulder and caressed my hair with his warm hand. I felt his warmth flowing in my blood. The strange thing was that when I opened my eyes, I saw him. For a few moments, his face was everywhere I looked.

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Jason Rezaian marks one year in prison   

Rezaian was arrested ion July 22, 2014 with his wife, Iranian journalist Yeganeh Salehi. Despite international pressure and condemnation regarding his arrest, details of his charges only emerged several months later.

Rezaian has attended three hearings, on July 13 — just as nuclear talks were wrapping up in Vienna — June 8 and May 26. 

Following the July hearing, executive editor of the Washington Post Martin Baron issued a statement, calling for the immediate release of Rezaian, who holds dual Iranian-US citizenship.

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