This Refugee Family Was Smuggled from Syria to Greece

ABC News' Terry Moran follows the journey of a family of Syrian refugees who are desperate to get to Germany.
6:50 | 09/02/15

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Covered by most health insurance and Medicare plans. Side a mass exodus. Desperate refugees braving a life or death journey across international waters. ABC's chief foreign correspondent terry Moran is in Greece tonight as they arrive by the boat load, many finding that the chaos isn't over even if they make it to land. Can their prayers really be answered on european shores. Reporter: The scenes coming out of Europe are staggering. Children crawling under razor wire. Whole families who have nothing but what they can carry on the move. An exodus, the greatest mass migration here since the second world war. From Hungary where today the main train station in Budapest was evacuated, simply overwhelmed by make raigrants. To the Macedonian border, to the grizzly discovery last week of 71 bodies in the back of the truck. The borders are bulging. More than 350,000 migrants have illegally entered so far this year. And every single person has a STO story. Meet fahad, a bold little character, happily bellowing at the world. Traveling the long, hard road with all the others. We met fahad and his family in a dusty park in Turkey. They'd been there for a week. They're Syrian. There's fahad, his mom, his dad and two brothers and sisters. His father had a nice job and house. He left the army to fight the regime of bashar Al Assad. Then the rise of Isis forced them to flee. But the mother tries to stay calm for her family. Reporter: Have you ever wanted to give up? That's it she remembered of a particular time. We were going to go back. She is 29 years old. This is a city where hundreds of thousands of migrants just like fahad and his family have come, because Turkey has become the key to the entire exodus, a river of humanity, they come through Turkey, then to grooieece, Macedonia, the balkans, then the rest of Europe. So we came here to join them on that journey. So we're heading into the bus station, the main bus station here. This is a crucial point on the refugees' journey as they arrive in ismir. You can tell them right away, their anxious faces, grimy clothes and massive packs. And most head right to the same place, the place to find the smuggler cc st1 Tegeessa stt1 Texnderli We're about to take you in after collecting cash on the street on condition we didn't show his face. He claims he does not profit from this business. And then he startles us. Reporter: Would you put your children on one of these boats? You would? I have, he says. His 14 year old son is in huc Hungary. He's Syrian. Now part of the smuggling business. This is the staging area. People wait for a phone call from their smuggler, they get in a taxi and go to the beach. Mohammed gets the call, and they go to the beach. The children play there as children will. But he is scared. The smugglers didn't want our cameras there, but this is what it's like on a beach south of here. Another group sets out, wading into the surf, getting packed into that flimsy dinghy. They're all headed to Greece, the first stop in Europe. We're taking the easy way to Greece. We're on a ferry. That is Turkey over there, 8 miles across the water is an island, that's Greece. The channel right now on a summer's evening looks very calm. But it can be treacherous. And that's where the Syrian refugees are desperate to get to. We land on the Greek island, and there they are, Mohammed and his family. They made it. I thought I was going to die, Mohammed tells me. Their cell phone videos show how packed that rubber boat was, the fear on the children's faces, and the seas got very rough later. The boat was so rough on the seas that all of your bags and all of your belongings went into the water? Everything, he says. They're exhausted. No place to go. But they're in Greece, only 1,000 miles or so to Germany. Ahead of them -- Reporter: The chaos at borders, the 100-mile long razor wire fence, the police looking to get some control over this human tide and no idea if they will find that new life in Germany, if they even make it there. But tonight as they waited to board a Greek government ferry that will take them north, they were bright, eager, clear eyes, bold hearts. Your family has been through so much hardship, difficulty, and yet I see your children, and I see you. And you're smiling. You're happy. How can you be so happy? We are looking to the future, a better future, he says. We say good-bye. And they are off. This one Syrian family we have come to hope for, pray for, love. Godspeed to them. To them all. For "Nightline," I'm terry Moran, on an island in Greece.

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