A refugee family from Deir ez-Zor, Syria, crosses from Hungary into Austria at night near the Hungarian town of Hegyeshalom.
While her husband walks ahead, Mayada Ari follows behind, shepherding her four children. She was a math teacher in Syria. When the fighting caused her eyesight to deteriorate, and she was constantly afraid for her children, she and her husband decided to take their kids and set off for western Europe. "We heard that the best life is in Germany," she said. They traversed Turkey and Greece and Macedonia and Serbia until arriving in Hungary. She said the journey has been difficult and dangerous. "But it was more dangerous to remain at home," she said.
At the border crossing, the family received food and blankets from Hungarian Interchurch Aid, a member of the ACT Alliance.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants flowed through Hungary in 2015, on their way to western Europe from Syria, Iraq and other countries.