Bulgaria. Bypassing the treacherous sea, Bulgaria offers a safer but transitory route for refugees who can afford it.

Germany, Harmanli, October 20, 2015,
Near the Bulgarian border with Turkey, a former military barracks in Harmanli has been converted into a vast complex for housing refugees.

Aveno is a 24-year old widower whose husband was killed by ISIS fighters in Qamishli, Syria. She cares for her baby daughter and son, and opted to pay 4,500 Euros for the more expensive overland route than the hazardous sea route because of her children’s safety. She is travelling with her two children, but has the support of other women during her stay at the center. She cooks for her children in the center, and hopes her daughter will be treated for a heart condition in Germany.

There are six refugee reception centers in Bulgria, with approximately 5,130 beds. However, they are only 70-80 percent full, due to refugees making the journey onward to Germany.

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