Abdelmejid's story: Anguish at sea
“The smuggler tells you the satellite phone is working but when you want to use it in the middle of the sea you’ll find it doesn't work. The treatment is bad, there's beatings and insults. Also, you suffer from hunger, you may eat just dry bread for three days or nothing at all. He takes money from you and says he’ll bring you food but he doesn’t. You go to him because you must.” Abdelmejid recalls.
“Someone said, Even if they lock me up in Somalia, the only thing that matters is to get me out of the sea. Some people started to fight each other because of stress. We stopped it. Because we had children, families and women on board. We had to try to calm them down in any way. We told them if you don't sit quietly, we’ll throw you into the sea.”