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Blend, a Kurd from Iraq, considers himself lucky. He has only spent 14 days in a camp on the Belarusian side of the border and five days in the woods after crossing to the Polish side. When his kidney problems started to become unbearable because of lack of food and water for the last days, and he couldn't walk longer, volunteers from Polish aid organizations arrived to help. Kasia Strek for NPR hide caption

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Kasia Strek for NPR

Dozens of migrants died and others were injured on Wednesday when their boat capsized off Calais in the English Channel as they tried to cross from France to Britain, authorities said. In this photo from Nov. 17, French police officers patrol on the beach in the search for migrants in Wimereux, northern France. Louis Witter/AP hide caption

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Afghan Morteza Mohammadi (center-left) and his companions sit around a fire in the former Krajina Metal factory in Bihac, Bosnia-Herzegovina, near the Croatian border, discussing possible border crossing strategies related to the weather and time. Elisa Oddone hide caption

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Elisa Oddone