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Syrian refugees: Frontline reports reveal human cost of crisis

As more and more European refugees make difficult journeys in the hope of new homes, CBC foreign correspondents Margaret Evans and Nahlah Ayed join Anna-Maria Tremonti to share these asylum-seekers' stories.
A Syrian refugee carries his daughter while disembarking a passenger ship at the port of Piraeus, Greece, near Athens. (Paul Hanna/Reuters)

While the lifeless body of young Allan Kurdi may have given a face to the refugee crisis currently gripping Europe, CBC foreign correspondents Margaret Evans and Nahlah Ayed are giving it a voice.

Many refugees have shared their stories with Evans and Ayed, who have been on the front lines of this humanitarian crisis — which continues to present new challenges and tragedies each day.

Yesterday, at least 34 asylum-seekers — many of them children — drowned when the wooden boat carrying them from Turkey to Greece capsized. Also this weekend, a record number of refugees reached Hungary's border with Serbia just as the government prepared to seal it off. And Germany said it would implement temporary controls along its Austrian frontier to reduce the flow of new arrivals.

Margaret Evans has been reporting from Athens and the island of Lesbos in Greece. We reached her in Athens.

And Nahlah Ayed sent back stories last week from along the border between Hungary and Serbia, as well as Austria and Germany. She joined us from our studio in London, England.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien.

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