Inside a Sinking Dinghy Crossing the Mediterranean Sea

My favorite scene is the Syrian family that has already been hell – walking 10 miles through Siberia to the Croatian border. It’s raining. The mother is pushing a stroller with a toddler and a special needs kid. And the mother says (paraphrasing) … ‘Isn’t this wonderful. I never got out of the house in Aleppo. I never got a chance to hike through the back roads or sleep on the side of the road in the rain!”

Published on Dec 22, 2016

In one of the most harrowing scenes from “Exodus,” Syrian refugee Hassan attempts to cross the Mediterranean Sea on an overcrowded inflatable dinghy — and films what happens as the boat begins taking on water.

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See the global migration crisis through footage filmed by refugees themselves — on sinking dinghies, in the trucks of human traffickers, and inside the countries they hope to call home.


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