The United Nations says so far this year nearly three quarters of a million asylum seekers have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe - 218,000 of them in October alone - an all-time monthly high. SBS Radio has followed a young Kurdish woman on her long trek from Syria to Germany -- through eight countries.
By
Andrew Bolton

4 Nov 2015 - 10:51 AM  UPDATED 7 Dec 2015 - 10:23 AM

As Australia prepares for the special humanitarian intake of twelve thousand people from Syria, record numbers of those fleeing the conflict continue to make the perilous journey to safer shores in Europe.

The vast majority have crossed from Turkey to Greece - many in unseaworthy craft.

Just over 3,400 people have died making that trip in 2015, including the Kurdish boy Alan Kurdi, whose tiny body washed ashore in Greece. A photo of his lifeless torso being carried from the surf finally awoke the world to the unfolding tragedy.

The horrors of each person's journey are different.

SBS Radio has followed a young Kurdish woman on her long trek from Syria to Germany -- through eight countries.

She too lost a child and speaks about the emotional and physical exhaustion of dangerous sea crossings, days of endless walking, unscrupulous smugglers, chaos on trains and near suffocation in a van.

Access the complete journey, country by country here.

 

 

Listen to the radio feature.