“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.”
“Every time someone used to ask me about Libya, I refused to talk about it. It was above my limit. I could easily lose my mind if I think about it too much.”
"I know how dangerous it is and I now know it’s not worth the risk, but going to Europe was my biggest dream and I failed at it.”
"I am lucky that nobody hurt me. I never saw the others again. People need to know what this route is like; they need to know the truth."
"I had worked for so long without any pay that I had no means to go back home."
“If I go home now, they will think I’m a coward; if I die, they will think I’m a hero, but if I make it, everyone will be happy.”
“People are different – not all women have the same goals or ambitions, and we need to respect that.”
"We were 168 when we left and 8 made it back alive. I don’t see it as failure, but as a stepping stone in my life."
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