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Closed Borders, Changing Rules Splinter Families Fleeing War

When Reem and Mariam’s husbands left Syria last year, the trip to Europe was dangerous, but relatively swift.   The plan was for the men to risk the harrowing sea journey, and then register as refugees in Germany, eventually bringing their families to Europe on safe boats or on planes.   After months of delays involving paperwork, ever changing rules and closed borders, the two women set out with Mariam’s father. Her mother and two younger brothers were left behind, further...

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