The refugees leaving Germany to brave the dangers of Iraq

Alias paid a smuggler $20,000 to help him and his ten-year-old son travel to Germany by land. After weeks on the road and a 13-day stint in a Bulgarian prison, they reached eastern Germany where they shared a room with two other asylum seekers.

“The German government offered food and 540 euros to me and my son but it was not enough,” Mr Alias said. “My son was sad and scared, he didn’t have any friends or relatives and it was hard to find someone to speak to in Kurdish or Arabic.”