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The Road to Germany: $2400

Each of the millions of Syrian refugees who have fled their brutalized, unrecognizable homeland did so for uniquely personal reasons—the regime bombarding cities, the Islamic State threatening a return to the dark ages, the loss of jobs in a crumbling economy. Yet their quests cohered around one purpose: They all wanted better lives. ¶ Some set out on a complicated journey to Europe with a crude graphic—a flowchart of the route from Turkey to Germany—as a guide. In its rudimentary geometry, refugees saw an accessible dream. In its illustrated stick figures, kicking their heels upon reaching the final destination, they saw themselves. They allowed an image, powerful and meditative in its simplicity, to shape their personal stories. ¶ FP has done the same. On the following pages, the odyssey of several refugees—men, women, and children—is presented in the form of a nonfiction comic. Each panel is based on firsthand reporting gathered by journalist Alia Malek: Captions describe real events, and speech bubbles show either direct (shaded in pink) or paraphrased quotes. ¶ Showing what happens when strangers are thrown together by adversity—how desperate alliances form and dissolve—it is a diary of an exodus from a war zone to a hopeful, if uncertain future in the West. ¶ How long the voyage to asylum would take, the refugees didn’t know; they prayed that they would survive it.

Dispatch

Nein Doesn’t Mean Nein

Germany’s problems coping with sexual violence go far beyond the assaults committed by migrants in Cologne.

Dispatch

Berlin’s Hipster Ghetto

Refugees and cool kids are living side-by-side -- but not together -- in one of Germany’s most immigrant-heavy neighborhoods.

Argument

Europe Doesn’t Need Stronger Borders

The push for a bigger, badder Frontex is about political showmanship -- not a real solution to the migration crisis.

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Turkey Arrests Suspect in Istanbul Attacks, But Won’t Tell Who It Is

Turkish authorities have made an arrest in Tuesday's bombing in Istanbul. But his identity has not yet been revealed.

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