10/20/2015 08:00 EDT | Updated 10/20/2015 08:59 EDT

A Thousand Miles In Their Shoes: Travelling With Refugees For Three Weeks

Hundreds of thousands of refugees are fleeing war and misery by flocking to Western Europe.

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TOVARNIK, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 17: A syrian refugee with his child wait to board a train in the eastern-Croatia town of Tovarnik, close to the border between Croatia and Serbia, on September 17, 2015 in Tovarnik, Croatia. Officials are saying that they had no choice than to close eight road border crossings yesterday after more than 11,000 people entered the country since Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia earlier this week. (Photo by Rafael Yaghobzadeh/Getty Images)

Braving masked "commandos," razor-sharp border fences and baton-wielding riot police, hundreds of thousands of refugees are fleeing war and misery by flocking to Western Europe in the largest mass movement of people since World War II.

The WorldPost's Sophia Jones and Syrian-American journalist Hiba Dlewati traveled with refugees -- mostly Syrians -- for three weeks in August as they made their way from Turkey through Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria and Germany.

What they found was a modern-day underground railroad of sorts, made up of dedicated people defying the inaction of their governments by lending a helping hand to the men, women and children risking death for a better tomorrow. Here are the stories of a people in exodus -- and those who guide them to safety.

Read more on the WorldPost.