Peter Bouckaert@bouckap

Emergencies Director at Human Rights Watch, follow me on Twitter @bouckap

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This is how hundreds of asylum seekers camped out at EKO gas station wake up after another freezing night near the Greek-Macedonia border.


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Children are among those staying in freezing conditions at EKO gas station near Greek-Macedonia border for days, prevented by Greek police from heading to Idomeni border post.


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Afghan woman says morning prayers after spending freezing night sleeping outside with hundreds of other asylum seekers at EKO gas station near the Greek-Macedonia border. Most spend three days here before they can proceed.


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Two ferries loaded with more than 10.000 asylum seekers at Mytilini port on Lesbos island prepare to set off for Athens. #solidarity #refugees #humanrights #hrw #safepassage

Port of Mitilini
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Abandoned rubber dinghies used on the dangerous crossing from Turkey to Greece. At least 25 drowned last week. #safepassage #hrw #humanrights #refugees #solidarity


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Helping an exhausted Syrian asylum seeker with her babies on Lesbos. They had to wait for the midnight ferry to Athens. #solidarity #refugees #HRW #safepassage


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A boat packed with #refugees on a calm day sets off from #Turkey to #Greece #Lesbos #hrw #safepassage #refugeeswelcome #humanrights


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Greek authorities refuse #Afghan family access 2 ferry because they are one ticket short for a toddler. After having 2 pay double normal fare in first place. #refugees #lesbos #HRW #safepassage #humanrights #refugeeswelcome


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Asylum seekers boarding ferry from #Lesbos to #Athens have to pay double fare and are segregated for whole trip. #refugees #HRW #humanrights #migration #Syria #safepassage


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Asylum seekers wait 2 board ferry from #Lesbos 2 #Athens. They have 2 pay double fare & are segregated from ordinary passengers. #refugees #hrw #humanrights #safepassage #Syria


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Iranian smugglers were so brutal they forced these #Afghan families to run through border mountains, beating them w sticks. Boy fell & broke his foot. #refugees #humanrights #hrw


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The Afghan couple we lent money to for their ferry ride from Lesbos island to Athens, sent me this lovely photo when they arrived in Germany.


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A young couple from Afghanistan. They didn't have money for ferry fare. Do you know refugees have to pay double the normal ticket price? His wife was being treated for TB.


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Rescued these boys from sinking dinghy the day before, with Greek coast guard. They just got ferry tickets for Athens.

Mytilene Marina
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Confiscated rubber dinghy engines used to smuggle refugees from Turkey to Greece at the port in Lesbos.


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An overloaded rubber dinghy heads from Assos, Turkey, to the island of Lesbos on Greece.


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Abandoned English-Arabic phrase book on rocks at Assos, Turkey, where desperate refugees set off for Lesbos, Greece on overcrowded dinghies. 'Please help me'


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Abandoned doll on the rocks at Assos, Turkey, where smugglers pack rubber dinghies full of refugees desperate to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.


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Siblings from Syria, 9 months and 3 years old, coming out of Aleppo. They crossed the sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesvos at night, and spent their first night in Europe sleeping in the street.


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Life jackets are for sale everywhere in Izmir, Turkey, where 1000s gather to make the dangerous sea crossing to the Greek islands. Many of the life jackets are locally produced fakes, made with water-absorbent foam that makes them sink rather than float.


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A Syrian father and son wait on the shores of Izmr, Turkey, for a smuggler boat to make the dangerous crossing to Greece. Their house was bombed with a barrel bomb, and both were badly wounded by the explosion. He left his wife and other children behind: 'It felt like dying to leave them,' he told me, tears welling up in his eyes, 'but my boy needs surgery to remove the remaining shrapnel from his head.


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A Syrian family waits on the shore at Izmir, Turkey, for a smuggler bot to the Greek Islands.


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An Afghan family push their elderly matriarch in a wheelchair along the Hungary border. Photo by Zalmai.


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Afghan couple w 3 month old baby at Hungary border. Iranian border guards fired at them when they tried to cross into Turkey, and in the panic they lost baby for 3 hours. Photo by Zalmai.


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16yo Afghan boy waits in desperation at Hungary-Serbia border after losing his parents 6 hrs before in chaotic bus boarding. Photo by Zalmai.


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Afghan asylum seekers wait in rain to board buses to detention camps on Hungary border. Photo by Zalmai.


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Afghan children seeking asylum in Europe wait in freezing rain to board buses to detention camps at Hungary border. Photo by Zalmai.


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Afghan mother and daughter at Serbia-Hungary border. 'Fences and other obstacles won't stop us from reaching our destination,' she told @HRW, 'We have crossed mountains to get here.' Photo by Zalmai.


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Afghan asylum seeker walks through corn fields at Roszke border between Serbia and Hungary. Photo by Zalmai for @HRW


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