The Smuggling Game: Playing with life and death to reach Europe

Marko Djurica

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Lin Taylor and Valeria Cardi

In the dead of night, as wild animals howled nearby, Syrian migrant Aras Mahmoud clung to his children as they slept on damp grass in the Bulgarian mountains en route to Serbia, praying that his family would live another day.

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Women and child migrants raped, beaten and detained in Libyan ‘hellholes’

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Lin Taylor

Women and children making the dangerous journey to Europe to flee poverty and conflicts in Africa are being beaten, raped and starved in “living hellholes” in Libya, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

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‘I was forced to kill my best friend’, former DRC child soldier says

Antony Njuguna reuters DRC

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Lin Taylor

It was during an ordinary game of soccer when Michel Chikwanine was abducted at age 5 by rebel soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and recruited into the army.

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