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In-pictures - Serbia: People on the move

On arrival in Serbia from the FYR of Macedonia, people on the move register with the authorities at Preševo. There is an efficient system in place, but the ever-increasing numbers sometimes result in long queues. Over 84,000 people have registred as as passing through Serbia since the beginning of the year, but estimates indicate that similar numbers have passed through unregistered. Stephen Ryan/IFRC

 

On arrival in Serbia from the FYR of Macedonia, people on the move register with the authorities at Preševo. There is an efficient system in place, but the ever-increasing numbers sometimes result in long queues. Over 84,000 people have registred as as passing through Serbia since the beginning of the year, but estimates indicate that similar numbers have passed through unregistered. Stephen Ryan/IFRC

 

Rubela and Mahmud, brother and sister, are from Syria. They are travelling with their mother, father, uncle, brothers and sister. The journey has been hard for this family. Stephen Ryan/IFRC



Over 84,000 people have registered as as passing through Serbia since the beginning of the year, but estimates indicate that similar numbers have passed through unregistered. The Red Cross of Serbia have been providing assistance the countries southern borders and with mobile teams in the north since the onset of this emergency. Stephen Ryan/IFRC

 



A young boy looks around the corner of a resting tent in Preševo, Serbia. This joint family is from eastern Syria and western Iraq. Two brothers, their wives, and all their children are travelling together. The parents explain that they do this for the sake of their children. Stephen Ryan/IFRC


Mahmud was the 'captain of the ship' in the small rubber boat that brought he and his family from Turkey. This Syrian family are fleeing the conflict in their country, in hope of a safer life in Europe. Stephen Ryan/IFRC

 

A Red Cross of Serbia worker walks through the registration camp at Preševo. Here, the Red Cross provides food, water and hygiene items to people who have arrived from the FYR of Macedonia and are waiting to complete registration. Priority is given to children, mothers, single-headed families, and those who are ill or have disabilities. Stephen Ryan/IFRC


Once registration has been made, those on the move take shade from the sun in tents pitched within the camp while they wait for their numbers to be called. There is still a long journey ahead, so this is an important time to rest. Stephen Ryan/IFRC



People on the move take rest at the registration point in Preševo. The majority will travel either to Belgrade or directly to the Serbia-Hungarian border. The waiting time at the camp is usually a matter of hours. Stephen Ryan/IFRC

 

Close to the Belgrade train station, hundreds of people on the move camp out each night, with no where else to go. Many are waiting to find transport north, to Hungary and beyond. Stephen Ryan/IFRC

 

Hamid doesn't understand why their family is always moving. His parents, from Syria, know only too well why they are making this journey. Over 84,000 people have registered as as passing through Serbia since the beginning of the year, but estimates indicate that similar numbers have passed through unregistered. Stephen Ryan/IFRC


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