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Refugee Walks Nearly 30 Miles Across English Channel, Dodging Hurtling Trains in Dark, Before His Arrest



(p. A1) LONDON -- For one African migrant, there was nothing left to lose.

The migrant, Abdul Rahman Haroun, 40, risked his life this week by climbing four fences, evading international search teams and as many as 400 security cameras, and walking about 30 miles in the darkness of the Channel Tunnel in an effort to reach Britain from Calais, France. He dodged trains traveling to London from Paris as they hurtled by at up to 100 miles per hour.

He had made it nearly to the other side, Folkestone, England, before he was caught and arrested on Tuesday [August 4, 2015].

Three days later news of Mr. Haroun's perilous journey was still reverberating in Britain, a country polarized by a spiraling migration crisis. Though much about him remains unknown -- the police said he is Sudanese and has no fixed address -- his story of determination had reduced the sprawling migration crisis to a human scale, . . .



For the full story, see:

DAN BILEFSKY. "In a First, a Sudanese Migrant Nearly Crosses the English Channel on Foot." The New York Times (Sat., AUG. 8, 2015): A1 & A8.

(Note: ellipsis, and bracketed date, added.)

(Note: the online version of the story has the date AUG. 7, 2015.)






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