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Hunger strike on the Hungarian border

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 01:16

Migrants at the Serbia-Hungary border start a hunger strike to draw the attention of world leaders, and demand passage to the European Union. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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They feel they are running out of options. Migrants -- many from Pakistan and Afghanistan along the Serbia Hungary border have stopped eating. They are on a hunger strike, hoping to call attention to their plight. Last month Hungary limited the number of daily entries to a maximum of 30. It has created a bottleneck in Serbia. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AFGHAN MIGRANT, ABDUL MALEK, SAYING: "We are in hunger strike, not eating anything. As you can see the food is over there, nobody wants to eat, just drinking, and they are sitting in the day." (SOUNDBITE) (English) AFGHAN MIGRANT, RUHU AMIN, SAYING: "The refugee crisis is not, you know, an issue which must be dealt by one nation. It's a global issue. We want attention. You know, focus from world and global leaders." Serbian authorities say about 3,000 migrants are stranded in the country. Many face few options. They go through the motions of everyday life -- after fleeing homes where they saw no future -- As others protest, hoping to send a message about what it means to have nothing to lose stranded on a border.

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Hunger strike on the Hungarian border

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 01:16