“Al Shabaab controlled our lives in the village,” says Ali. “Young boys were recruited forcibly, so my parents had to save me from that."
"Women are forced into marriages, and boys who refuse to undergo the training are put in jail. I can’t tell how I felt when I left my mother and father who gave birth to me and raised me, saved me, managed to get me on the road.” Ali said.
“As soon as I reached Libya, my first phone call was to my parents. They told me about his death.” Says Ali. “He had been killed and thrown out in the street.”
“How can one feel when he loses his father? The one who raised you, helped you until you grew older and became a young man, you can’t tell how it feels” he says. “I was being beaten by the traffickers. But the day I was informed about his death, I changed so much that I forgot about the beating and my injuries.”
"I truly believed I was going to die,” Ali says.
“I can’t describe the feeling the day I came to Niger. It was unbelievable to me. I never thought I would leave Libya,” he says.
“I truly I feel like I’ve been through hell,” he says. “Some nights, if I remember while sleeping, I panic and get scared.”