Blind and Deaf 110-Year-Old Makes 2,900-Mile Trek to West: Family

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A 110-year-old blind and deaf Afghan man has arrived in Germany after a 2,900-mile journey from his homeland, according to his family.

The man was picked up with eight relatives in Passau on the German-Austrian border, a regular crossing point for refugees and migrants trying to reach Western Europe.

The family, which includes four children, told police they had fled Baghlan, an Afghan province has been plagued by Taliban-related violence in recent years.

"The 60-year old daughter of the man stated that her father was born on January 1, 1905," police spokesman Werner Straubinger told NBC News. "What we know is that the man is apparently blind and deaf, but he was able to walk with a cane."

They were registered in the city of Deggendorf, 25 miles northwest of Passau. They will now move to a refugee shelter in the western city of Giessen.

Germany receives more refugees and migrants than any other European country. The continent has been riven by disagreement in recent months about the increasing influx of people making perilous journeys from the Middle East and Africa.

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