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Refugees trying to flee Aleppo, in Syria, amid the Syrian regime and Russia's bombing campaign (Photo: Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail)

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Refugee children lost in 'black hole' on EU doorstep

Refugees trying to flee Aleppo, in Syria, amid the Syrian regime and Russia's bombing campaign (Photo: Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail)

More than 20 years after the Balkan wars, Bosnia, a country whose people once fled to seek protection, is struggling to take care of even a small number of refugees from Africa and the Middle East. 

Some of them end up in a prison-like detention centre near Sarajevo, where even children, who fled the war in Syria, are being locked up prior to being deported to Croatia or Serbia.

It is a gross violation of international law, but authorities do not even register how many children ...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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