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Heart-Rending Photos Of Migrant Children Caught In Border Clashes

The Macedonian government has blocked the border with Greece, trapping thousands in a no man's land.

Macedonian border security forces beat back desperate refugees trapped in a no man's land between Macedonia and Greece on Friday. 

The migrant families are fleeing poverty and danger in their home countries, including Iraq and Syria. Migrants who make this journey often cross the Aegean Sea in rickety boats and pass through Serbia and Macedonia on their way to wealthier countries in the European Union.

This time, Macedonian border forces formed a line of shields to block the way. They blocked the train tracks with barbed wire, and fired stun grenades and plastic bullets into the crowd of 3,000 migrants, which included babies and young children. Ten people were reported injured in the clash, including a "youngster" with a shrapnel wound, according to the Associated Press.

A Macedonian police spokesman told the AP that the police and army would "control" the border to stem the tide of migrants. In the past month, almost 39,000 migrants have already crossed the border. 

"We want to go to Germany to find a new life because everything has been destroyed in Syria," a woman named Amina Asmani told the AP. She was traveling with her husband and her 10-day-old baby. 

"People from Syria escaped from war, escaped death and we want to see our future in Europe. We need this road to see our future," Ahmet Husa of Syria told Reuters.

The influx of migrants into Europe has given way to what some have called a racist and xenophobic backlash. Below, you can see photos of some of the families now braving terrors along the migration route.

  • A man and boy react as they are stuck between Macedonian riot police officers and migrants during a clash near the borde
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    A man and boy react as they are stuck between Macedonian riot police officers and migrants during a clash near the border train station of Idomeni, Aug. 21, 2015. 
  • A migrant assists a woman who collapsed while a crowd of migrants were pushing the police to enter Macedonia, at the railway
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    A migrant assists a woman who collapsed while a crowd of migrants were pushing the police to enter Macedonia, at the railway tracks on the border with Greece near the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. 
  • A young girl and boy cry as police block a group of migrants trying to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gev
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    A young girl and boy cry as police block a group of migrants trying to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija, Macedonia, on Aug. 21, 2015. 
  • Macedonian police officers let migrant families with children enter Macedonia at the railway tracks on the border with Greece
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    Macedonian police officers let migrant families with children enter Macedonia at the railway tracks on the border with Greece, near Gevgelija, Macedonia, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. 
  • A woman with a child enters Macedonia, passing the police blockade set at the railway tracks on the border with Greece, near
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    A woman with a child enters Macedonia, passing the police blockade set at the railway tracks on the border with Greece, near the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. 
  • Refugees and migrants are held back by police as they try to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija, Ma
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    Refugees and migrants are held back by police as they try to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija, Macedonia, on Aug. 21, 2015. 
  • Two boys cry as Macedonian police block a group of migrants trying to cross an illegal crossing point on the border between G
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    Two boys cry as Macedonian police block a group of migrants trying to cross an illegal crossing point on the border between Greece and Macedonia in the town of Idomeni, Greece, on Aug. 21, 2015. 
  • Migrant and refugee families try to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija, Macedonia, on Aug. 21, 2015
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    Migrant and refugee families try to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija, Macedonia, on Aug. 21, 2015. 
  • Police block the way as migrants and refugee families try to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija, Ma
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    Police block the way as migrants and refugee families try to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija, Macedonia, on Aug. 21, 2015. 
  • Police are seen as migrant and refugee families try to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija, Macedoni
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    Police are seen as migrant and refugee families try to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija, Macedonia, on Aug. 21, 2015. 
  • A woman with children waits to pass the Greek-Macedonian border, guarded by Macedonian police near the town of Idomeni, north
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    A woman with children waits to pass the Greek-Macedonian border, guarded by Macedonian police near the town of Idomeni, northern Greece, on Aug. 21, 2015. 
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