“They put us on a truck and left us there, in the middle of nowhere. We were in the desert for the next 45 days.”
“I have seen with my own eyes what Boko Haram is capable of. It’s not easy to fix what they have destroyed.”
“It was 4 am when they boarded 300 people onto the boat. Many fell into the water as we were boarding - they called it a sacrifice.”
“We had to bury so many people. As I was digging their holes, I was planning for mine as well.”
“The more you live, the more you learn. However, I wouldn’t wish this kind of suffering upon anyone, not even my worst enemy.”
“When I was there, in the middle of the desert, with the sun burning my skin, I thought that was the end.”
“What is the point of working if at the end of the day they kidnap you and steal all your money? I couldn’t go on like this anymore.”
“If the state told me tomorrow that I could go back, I would, but they won’t because it’s not safe yet.”
"You tell people your story hoping they change their minds, but for some seeing is believing. They are determined to make it to Europe."
“I said I didn’t have anyone to call so he started hitting me. I was so hopeless I just told him to go ahead and kill me.”
“If I ever see a woman wanting to take this route, I will tell her: ‘You just want to kill yourself’.”
“After they found 23 survivors, they also found me somewhere further away between a pile of corpses. They thought I was dead and so did I.”
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