Hamoon took the long road. After paying $8,000 to a people smuggler, he went to Pakistan, where he was taken through Iran to Turkey, then across to Greece. From there he could travel more freely, since he was now in the European Union. One smuggler would hand him off to another at the border, as he made his way by truck, train, bus and motorcycle through Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, and Denmark, finally reaching his goal, Sweden, after several months.

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For the past year, ever since European countries began opening their borders to immigrants, Afghans have been fleeing in large numbers. They set out for Europe in search of peace and a better life, but they have a very poor understanding of the dangers that await them.

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Two Afghan children were killed last week and another 62 migrants were injured, victims of their desperate attempt to flee their homeland for Europe.

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Now Kobra is in Tehran, like thousands of other young Afghans. Because of the instability in Afghanistan, she has set out on an unknown path. She wants to create a peaceful life for her family, something that is impossible here.
Kobra may have gained some hope, but Afghanistan is losing its talent and its future.

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Increasing numbers of Afghans are fleeing the deteriorating economy, lack of security and political turmoil in their country, paying people smugglers to get them to Europe. The path is a long and dangerous one, involving arduous treks through border regions, where they are often caught and sent back to Afghanistan.

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