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Syrian refugees find an uncertain home in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is no oasis for Syrian refugees, where red tape leaves many in legal limbo.

Another Syrian, Nadar Ahmed, 45, says that in Turkey, a smuggler told him his money was sufficient to go only as far as Bulgaria — “not enough to go to a better country." He sleeps in a bug-infested room with five other men, where the walls are stained from water damage and the bathroom stinks. He sees no chance of being granted asylum, nor can he return to his homeland.

“I am afraid, I am really afraid,” says Ahmed, “and now the situation is worse than when I left.”

Looking out the window, Mahmud says, "In the end, the answer will be rejection… According to the Bulgarian government, Syria is a safe land."