Zagreb, Croatia: One month after the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach — and a week after the European Union agreed to secure its borders — the migrant crisis has largely fallen off the front pages and reporters are going home.
But the human tide keeps rolling northward and westward, and aid agencies are preparing for it to continue through the winter, when temperatures along the migrant trail will drop below freezing. They fear the crisis may get worse.
"One thing is clear, the movement is not going to die down," said Babar Baloch, the UN refugee agency's representative in the Balkans. "What we are seeing right now ... it's just the tip of the iceberg."
While over a half million people have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year, more than double the figure for all of 2014, that is only a fraction of the people who are on the move.
Some 4 million have fled Syria after more than four years of civil war, and 8 million have been displaced inside the country. And it's not just Syrians. It's Iraqis and Iranians, Afghans and Eritreans.
Suddenly, Europe’s gates have been pushed open by moral conscience and political courage. We bring you stark images from life on the migrant trail of humanity’s largest exodus in such a short timespan.
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Updated Date: Oct 06, 2015 07:20:55 IST