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The Sanchez brothers (left to right) Jairo, 14, Moises, 20, and Anderson, 17, play street football in their adopted city of Tapachula, southwest Mexico, close to the border with Guatemala.
Background: The Sanchez brothers’ family had a comfortable life running a shop in El Salvador until a gang threatened them with extortion — demanding monthly rent or violence towards the family. When the gang tried to force the middle brother, Anderson, to join them, the boys fled with their father, who later abandoned them in Mexico.
In 2015, 110,000 people escaped the Northern Triangle to seek asylum in Mexico or elsewhere. Severing family and community ties is heart-wrenching and risky, especially for children and young adults, but many feel they have no other option. Young people face the increased risk of exploitation from people-smugglers and the dangers of encountering robbers or sexual abusers along the way.
Date: 2016
Location: Tapachula, Mexico
Photographer: Daniele Volpe
Source: UNHCR/Daniele Volpe


Date: 2015
Location: Ngouboua, Chad
Photographer: Olivier Laban-Mattei
Source: UNHCR/Olivier Laban-Mattei


Nigerian refugees leave their camp in Ngouboua, on the coast of the lake Chad, on February 11, 2015, in order to be transferred to the Dar-es-Salam camp, near Baga Sola, Chad. Two days before, an attack by Boko Haram killed 5 people and burnt the most of Ngouboua.


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