Moses (37, Ghana)

Crossing to Italy is very very dangerous, we all know that. A lot of people have lost their lives in the water. But there is no choice. If Libya would be a country that is having law, I don’t think a lot of people would risk their lives in this water.

 

I spent two years in Libya and all this time was hell.

 

They starve you, they attack you for so many days. So you will be willing to pay money so they can release you out. Or else if they get any of their partners who is willing to buy. They sell human beings there. I was one of the 25 people they sold for 5,000 Dinars.

 

We were locked up, 280 people in that camp. You stay there, they use you to make their money. And they will not feed you. I do have one small bread f or three days. One bottle of water for three days. This water is not pure water, it is salt water that we drink for three days. As I’m speaking with you right now, there are a lot of people in there, my colleagues that I was there with. As long as you continue to stay there the weaker you become, because they don’t feed you. Life is very miserable there.

 

This scar for instance, I attempted to escape from the hut and they held me. Mercilessly beaten. They beat me with these tubes. They tied me after I tried to escape, they hung me up and my legs were not even reaching the ground. Then they were hitting me with these types of pipes.

 

This place, in fact when we reach here [Italy] we saw that there is life somewhere. We begin to see life here. Because life in Libya is like one in hell.

 

My son’s life, I think my son is very fortunate that we are no more in Libya, that we are here. If we were in Libya, it would have been very miserable. I will not be happy to see my son suffer through the same way that I have passed. So I believe that he is lucky. I believe my son is lucky to be born here.

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