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

Germany, Sofia, October 21, 2015,

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.

Here at Voenna Rampa center in Sofia, mostly Kurdish families wait for their paperwork to be approved. Mourad and Radha’s children keep themselves busy during their four month stay. Mourad didn’t want to take the cheaper sea route from Turkey to Greece, concerned about his children’s safety.