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        Exodus: Refugees, in Their Own Words

        Explore why people are forced to leave their homeland through five compelling first-person stories in these videos excerpted from FRONTLINE: Exodus. Throughout history, people have sought freedom and economic opportunity in new places. Today, driven from home by war, oppression, and poverty, these refugees have joined thousands who undertake a perilous journey to face an uncertain future in a new land. 

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        Alaigie

        Alaigie is one of many people from The Gambia who leave their poverty-stricken West African country each year to seek economic opportunities in Europe.

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        Tarek

        Desperate to escape the violence in Syria, Tarek and his family arrive in Turkey; however, they run out of money before they can continue their journey to Germany.

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        Isra'a

        Tarek’s daughter Isra’a offers a child’s perspective on what it means to lose one’s home because of war in Syria.

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        Sadiq

        Dismayed by the Taliban and its harsh treatment of women and girls, Sadiq realizes he must leave Afghanistan in case the Taliban comes to power again.

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        Ahmad

        Ahmad reluctantly enlists the aid of human smugglers in Greece in hopes of securing asylum status in the United Kingdom for the family he left behind in Syria and himself.

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