Monday, September 21, 2015

EUROPE - Migrant Crisis, Two Families

"What happened for two Syrian families who made it to Germany" PBS NewsHour 9/18/2015


SUMMARY:  A week ago we followed two Syrian families along the grueling and unpredictable migration to Germany.  Already, much has changed for the two families.  William Brangham offers an update.

HARI SREENIVASAN (NewsHour):  William Brangham updates on the stories of two families he first met in Hungary.  Tonight, we meet them in Germany, where their lives have taken, for now, very different turns.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM (NewsHour):  While refugees and migrants have clashed violently with police on the Hungarian border this week, their attempts to enter into Europe are, for many of them, just the beginning of a much longer journey.

Last week, we followed two Syrian families along the grueling, unpredictable migration from the Middle East towards Germany.  Both suffered sleepless nights, chaotic border crossings, and a maze of ever-changing rules and challenges.

Now, only a week later, so much had changed.

HAMEED YAKDI, Syrian Refugee (through interpreter):  It’s a good feeling.  After a long, hard effort and great risk, we arrived here.  Thank God that we made it here.  It’s a very strange feeling.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM:  Hameed Yakdi and his family from Syria were lucky in many ways.  Not only did they make it through Hungary before this week’s violence broke out and the sealing of the border, but, in Austria, they met Hameed’s brother, Muhammaed, who immigrated to Germany two years ago, and helped guide them the rest of the way.

HAMEED YAKDI (through interpreter):  I felt safe the moment I reached Germany.  I have a family that welcomed and helped me.  I have not had to struggle.  When I ask, they answer right away.  They have lived here a long time, and they make me feel at home.

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