Iraqi couple Ahmad (bottom), 27, Alia, 26, and their four months old baby Adam travel by train from the border of FYR of Macedonia to Serbia on August 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS
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When the train's map lit up showing it had crossed into Germany, an Iraqi refugee couple felt a rush of peace and joy.Cradling 4-month-old Adam, Ahmad and Alia from Baghdad could now relax in the plush evening train from Vienna, among businessmen, tourists and other refugees, amazed at their week-long odyssey from Turkey to Greece, then Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria.In the past week, the hip young couple with Adam tucked in a baby sling had escaped arrest by border authorities, slept rough when no hotels would take them in, evaded thieves and haggled with smugglers.In a Belgrade cafe, Ahmad begged a smuggler to drive the family to Budapest.When they finally made it to the Hungarian capital, the family was driven up by another smuggler to the border with Austria and told to walk to the other side.Six of their travel companions were arrested, but Ahmad and Alia escaped. Imagining his father was only playing, baby Adam giggled as Ahmad ran.Ahmad kept up a brave face as he hugged and kissed his weeping wife.
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