Segments in this Video

Syria to Austria (03:32)


Rania Mustafa Ali agreed to film her journey from Kobane to Europe. Destroyed buildings hold messages from ISIS. Ali travels to Urfa and had to throw away most of her belongings.

Crossing the Mediterranean Sea (03:12)

Ali and her friend Ayman wrap papers in plastic to prevent them from being ruined during the passage. The smuggler fills a boat meant for 15 people with 52.

Rescued by a Ship (02:45)

Ayman and Ali arrive in Lesbos, Greece. They take a ferry to Athens and discover the tickets they purchased for a bus to the Macedonian border were fraudulent. The border is closed.

Idomeni Refugee Camp (04:02)

Ayman and Ali purchase a tent. A rumor circulates that Greece will be deporting people back to Syria. A group of refugees carry a disabled man across a river into Macedonia.

Entering Macedonia (03:06)

Ayman and Ali celebrate reaching Macedonia, but police arrive and deport the refugees back to Greece. Ali grows frustrated in the camps.

Second Crossing Attempt (05:11)

Police throw teargas on the refugees attempting to cross into Macedonia. In May 2016, Ali and Ayman borrow €7,000 and board a flight to Vienna using fake paperwork. Immigration catches them and the pair applies for asylum.

Credits: Escape from Syria: Rania's Odyssey (00:18)

Credits: Escape from Syria: Rania's Odyssey

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Escape From Syria: Rania's Odyssey

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Rania Mustafa Ali, 20, filmed her journey from the ruins of Kobane in Syria to Austria, showing what many refugees face on their perilous journey to Europe. She ischeated by smugglers, teargassed and beaten at the Macedonian border, and risks drowning in the Mediterranean—traveling in a boat meant to hold 15 people but stuffed with over 50. Those with disabilities are carried across raging rivers and muddy fields in their wheelchairs.

Length: 23 minutes

Item#: BVL150001

ISBN: 978-1-64347-286-7

Copyright date: ©2017

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