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‘I’ve to give my daughter to my sister in Poland. I’ll go back to Ukraine’ – report from frontline of the refugee crisis engulfing Europe

The Dorohusk border crossing is the frontline of the refugee crisis, reports Fionnán Sheahan. Photos by Mark Condren

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Mairina Backz with her daughter Sopia who crossed from Ukraine to Poland at the Dorohusk border in Poland Pic: Mark Condren

Mairina Backz with her daughter Sopia who crossed from Ukraine to Poland at the Dorohusk border in Poland Pic: Mark Condren

Mairina Backz with her daughter Sopia who crossed from Ukraine to Poland at the Dorohusk border in Poland Pic: Mark Condren

The distressing choices thrown up by war are epitomised by Mairina Backz.

Having walked across the border into Poland from Ukraine with nine-year-old daughter Sophia, she was now standing on the side of the road. Her sister was coming to collect Sophia and the pair spoke on the phone to figure out her exact location.


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