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. Golestan has traveled with her husband Imad and their four daughters from Qamishli, Syria, and looks forward to making it to Germany.