“I told them I was going back home. There are some things that money can’t buy.”
"Once I talked to people about what they had lived and witnessed on their journey, I knew it wasn’t worth risking my life for Italy."
“They often say: ‘Ok, so you’ve come to our ghetto to inform us about the dangers of this route, but have you ever tried it yourself?’"
“They may close the borders, but people always find a way. When you fill up one hole, another one is being dug.”
“The truth is you have three options: you drown, you go to prison, or you make it to the other side.”
“I have never seen anything like it: so many corpses in the desert, skeletons, fresh corpses. I am so grateful that I don’t count myself among the dead.”
“People are dying. I wouldn’t try it again. I said to myself that my life was more precious than Italy.”
“I wanted to take my son with me to Jamaica, but I need time to get my life on track first.”
“After I was smuggled, I felt discouraged. I didn’t have it in me to fight to get to Italy, to be one of those people on the boats.”
“I never thought I would make it out alive. I was supposed to die there. Many people don’t even know I am alive.”
“Education is a powerful tool. If you don’t educate your people, you can never grow as a country.”
“We are responsible for everything that happens to us. They told me not to go, but I went anyway. Man’s biggest problem is man himself.”
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