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At a Macedonian way station, Syrian and other migrants focus on the path ahead

At a Macedonian way station, Syrian and other migrants focus on the path ahead

The battered train station in this border town has a certain lost-in-time quality, looking a bit like the set of a World War II film. Across the street, an abandoned steam engine sits in a clump of weeds. It's not hard to imagine a locomotive of similar pedigree pulling up on the tracks. These days, however, the sleepy terminal is quite the bustling place: Hundreds of worn-out Syrians, Afghans and other migrants crash wherever there is shade. The station has become a major stopping point on the migrant trail as multitudes head for a new life in Europe. A water faucet on the platform serves as a refreshment stand and washing station. Most plan to board the 5 p.m. train north to...

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