In Europe's refugee crisis, quantities abound: the number of people fleeing, the changing quotas of those allowed into which countries, death tolls from sunken ships. But numbers cannot put a face on human suffering.
To better understand what it means when streams of men, women and children flee war and violence of Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Nigeria and many, many other countries, you have to look at the people themselves. Here are a few brief glimpses into their lives.
Right now, attention is riveted on Hungary. Authorities closed a train station in Budapest Tuesday before reopening under a new policy: no refugees allowed, and those inside were booted out. After a two-day standoff, officials let refugees board trains for Austria, only to stop it at Bicske, outside Budapest.
Police guarded a train full of refugees stuck in a stalemate as they refuse to obey police and get off at the station, Bicske, Hungary, Sept. 3, 2015.Photo: Reuters/Laszlo Balogh
Some refugees refused to disembark, fearing they would be forced into camps. A refugee looked out through the window of a train at the railway station in Bicske, Sept. 4, 2015. Hungary, a frontier nation of the European Union on the Balkans migration route, has been at the forefront of the EU's struggle to handle an unprecedented influx of refugees fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.Photo: Reuters/Leonhard Foeger
Others tried to run.
Hungarian policemen detained migrants on the tracks at the railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary, Sept. 3, 2015.Photo: Reuters/Laszlo Balogh
At the station, other refugees, including Syrians, protested.
Refugees are shown in front of a train at Bicske railway station, Sept. 4, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Leonhard Foeger
Other protests broke out at the East Railroad station in Budapest.
Syrian and Afghan refugees shouted slogans and held placards as they faced riot police officers during a protest rally to demand to travel to Germany, Sept. 2, 2015, outside the Keleti railway station in Budapest.Photo: Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images
Countless refugees have tried to travel to their destination on foot.
Syrian immigrants walked on a railway track after they crossed the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, Hungary, Aug. 25, 2015. Hungary's government has started to construct a 110-mile-long fence on its border with Serbia in order to halt a massive flow of migrants who enter the EU via Hungary and head to western Europe.Photo: Reuters/Laszlo Balogh
Meanwhile, refugees, even children, have seemed to possess endless reserves of resilience and sometimes joy, finding ways to entertain themselves, including this Syrian boy at a port in Greece.
A young Syrian refugee played with a teddy bear following his arrival on board the Eleftherios Venizelos passenger ship at the port of Piraeus near Athens, Greece, Aug. 24, 2015.Photo: Reuters/Stoyan Nenov
Finally, when leaders of European countries eventually gather to discuss the flood of refugees fleeing war and hoping for a better life in Europe, this is what it looks like. They have offered different stances on who is responsible for handling the tide, and what to do. Hungary's Prime Minister has described it as a "German problem." Czech police, meanwhile, came under criticism for writing numbers directly on refugees.
From right to left, Hungary' s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Czech Republic's Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico attended a joint press conference after the V4 Visegrad Group leaders emergency meeting to forge ahead a common position on tackling the refugee crisis engulfing the continent, Sept. 4, 2015, in Prague.Photo: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images
Learn more details about the refugee crisis, including who the refugees are, where they're coming from, why Europe is their prime destination and why this is all coming to a head now, by clicking here.