HONY‘s Brandon Stanton has taken his boots and his camera to Europe, to capture and tell the stories of refugees currently making their way across. And with his very first post, he’s nailed it.

In a six-parter, he tells the story of Muhammed, his translator, whom he’d met the previous year in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Muhammed’s story beggars belief, yet is probably similar to thousands of others. It’s horrific, uplifting, harrowing, awful, eye-opening, inspiring, and a billion other feelings beside, and it’s absolutely worth a read:

I want to begin this refugee series with a post from the summer of 2014. This is Muhammad, who I first met last year in…

Posted by Humans of New York on Saturday, 26 September 2015

“Before leaving for Europe, I went back to Syria to see my family once more. I slept in my uncle’s barn the entire time…

Posted by Humans of New York on Saturday, 26 September 2015

“For two weeks my tears didn’t stop. Nothing made sense. Why did these things happen to my family? We did everything…

Posted by Humans of New York on Saturday, 26 September 2015

“After I told my father that I’d made it to Europe, I wanted nothing more than to turn that lie into the truth. I found…

Posted by Humans of New York on Sunday, 27 September 2015

“The island we landed on was called Samothrace. We were so thankful to be there. We thought we’d reached safety. We…

Posted by Humans of New York on Sunday, 27 September 2015

“After one month, I arrived in Austria. The first day I was there, I walked into a bakery and met a man named Fritz…

Posted by Humans of New York on Sunday, 27 September 2015

NOPE THOSE AREN’T TEARS THOSE ARE JUST FEELINGS LEAKING FROM OUR FACE.

Images: Humans of New York.