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A Look Inside One Syrian Family's Tireless Journey To Germany

"We are humans just like you."

Tired of waiting for Hungary's approval to board trains to western Europe, a Syrian family from the city of Idlib recently set out on foot from the Hungarian capital Budapest. They joined hundreds of other migrants and refugees in a long march to Austria, with the hope of reaching their final destination of Germany.

Guardian journalist and filmmaker John Domokos traveled with the family from Budapest's Keleti train station, capturing their journey every step of the way. 

Domokos' film captures both the compassion and the obstacles that people are facing as they try to make their way to better lives or safety in Europe. Relying on their iPhones and the directions of passerby, the family begins their long expedition, making rest stops along the highway as they go.

During the trip, one family member is asked what he wants to tell Europeans who feel threatened by the influx of newcomers.

"Don't be afraid of us," he says. "We are humans just like you."

Watch the film above.

Tens of thousands of people, many of them fleeing the war in Syria, have made their way to Austria and Germany in recent days after both countries announced they would open their borders for refugees who have been stuck in Hungary.

Germany announced last week that it would allow Syrians to seek asylum in the country regardless of where they entered the EU, suspending normal rules and accelerating a flow of people north and west from the edges of the EU. The country said it expects to receive nearly 800,000 applications for asylum this year, quadruple the amount it received in 2014.

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