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Police Officer And Young Refugee Girl Cross Border Hand In Hand

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 22/10/2015 Mollie Reilly
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With Hungary's border with Croatia closed, thousands of refugees and migrants are instead making their way to Slovenia.  

More than 12,000 refugees and migrants have crossed into Slovenia since Wednesday, as hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty make their way to northern Europe before winter. Freezing temperatures, wind and rain have made the journey increasingly difficult.

One photo, captured Thursday by Getty Images photographer Jeff J. Mitchell, shows a police officer escorting a group of refugees and migrants across the border from Croatia into Slovenia, holding the hand of a young girl.

ImageContent(56294f7ee4b0aac0b8fc4d8d,56294d351400002200c7aa53,Image,HectorAssetUrl(56294d351400002200c7aa53,Some(),Some(jpeg?cache=6p4KDq29Ht)),Jeff J Mitchell via Getty Images,Refugees and migrants are escorted by police through Dobova as they are walked holding camp on October 22, 2015 in Dobova, Slovenia.)

More than 600,000 individuals have crossed the Mediterranean this year, and over 3,000 have died or gone missing making the trek.

The Huffington Post's Sophia Jones recently traveled with Syrian refugees for three weeks as they crossed seven countries. Read her account here. 

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