Freezing, exhausted, and out of options, this Syrian family bides their time at the foot of the path that leads to the EU. Annes Ahmad Ihsan, a young teenage member of a family of 15 traveling together, recounts their journey from Çorum province outside Ankara on Saturday 29th February. “We went to Istanbul this morning where we boarded a bus to get here. It was so chaotic at the bus station we got separated. Luckily we found each other when we arrived at the border.”
Arriving in Edirne, at the Bosnaköy point usually blocked by the Turkish authorities, they joined a steady flow of thousands of migrants who came by bus, rented vans, taxis, from Istanbul and other parts of Turkey, by foot down the 10 kilometer dirt path that leads to Greece.
We arrived there with our IOM team just before sunset. The temperature was dropping rapidly and we could see clouds of smoke coming from fires lit by migrants lining the path towards the border. At the foot of the path we met migrants including Annes and his family, who had just returned from the border area tired, hungry and distressed about what to do next.