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Moving Photographs Of Children At Play During The Migrant Crisis

During their perilous journey across Europe, some children have managed to find moments to smile and play in the the face of their harrowing experiences fleeing from poverty and conflict with their families.

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More than four million people are said to have fled Syria's war, and at least half of them are believed to be children. Thousands of others are fleeing conflicts and poverty in their home countries, too, all in hopes of beginning new lives in Europe.

Many of these children are taking the perilous journeys across the seas to go to countries like Germany, while spending their nights outside along the route. The younger ones carry few toys among their possessions, and are forced to make the best out of their bleak surroundings. Associated Press photographers have captured the smiles of some of these young children as they travel through Europe.

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

An Afghan refugee child covers his face with a balloon while he and other migrants spent the night in a shelter near Graz, Austria.

Christian Bruna / AP

A migrant child looks at a unicorn painting during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in a shelter at a former shopping mall in Graz, about 190 kms (118 miles) south of Vienna, Austria.

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

Syrian refugee child Jana Makkiyeh, 3, whose family comes from Damascus, Syria, holds a teddy bear while standing near her family's tent at a makeshift camp for asylum seekers in Roszke, southern Hungary.

Petros Giannakouris / AP

Syrian boy holding a balloon runs after he arrived with his family from Turkey, to the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos, on an inflatable dinghy.

Marko Drobnjakovic / AP

A boy rides his tricycle down the stairs of Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys.

Ronald Zak / AP

A migrant girl play after crossing the border between Hungary and Austria in Nickelsdorf, Austria, 70 kilometers (43 miles) southeast of Vienna.

Markus Schreiber / AP

A boy sits on a toy car and plays with stuffed animals as he waits with other refugees for registration at the temporary registration center of the south German border town Passau, Germany.

Christian Bruna / AP

Migrant children play between Austrian Army tents after they arrived at the border between Austria and Hungary near Heiligenkreuz, about 180 kms (110 miles) south of Vienna, Austria.

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

A Syrian refugee man plays with his daughter after spending the night near an abandoned military barrack in Beli Manastir, near Hungarian border, northeast Croatia.

Laura Gallant is a staff photographer at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

Contact Laura Gallant at Laura.Gallant@BuzzFeed.com.

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