Illegal Pushbacks Children Caught in “The Game” on the Croatian Border

Among the thousands of people trying to cross the border from Bosnia-Herzegovina into Croatia are numerous families. The children are forced to watch as their parents are beaten and humiliated.
Von Sonja Peteranderl and Alessio Mamo (Photos)
An Afghan girl runs through slush near the border between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.

An Afghan girl runs through slush near the border between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.

Foto: Alessio Mamo
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Among the thousands of people trying to get into the European Union across the border into Croatia are many families with small children.

Among the thousands of people trying to get into the European Union across the border into Croatia are many families with small children.

Foto: Alessio Mamo
Trying to survive in below-zero winter temperatures: Teenagers light a fire to keep warm.

Trying to survive in below-zero winter temperatures: Teenagers light a fire to keep warm.

Foto: Alessio Mamo
The refugee camp in Lipa had to be closed, but there was nowhere for the occupants to go.

The refugee camp in Lipa had to be closed, but there was nowhere for the occupants to go.

Foto: Kemal Softic / AP
Refugee Children Playing "The Game" on the Croatian Border
Foto: Alessio Mamo
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Refugee Children Playing "The Game" on the Croatian Border

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