Favour was preparing for her wedding in her village in Nigeria when catastrophe struck, and she had to flee for her life. Her brother killed their stepmother in an argument about the wedding, the stepmother’s family blamed Favour for what happened and vowed to kill her in revenge. Favour saw no other solution than to escape. She had heard about possibilities to work in Libya and contacted a smuggler. The journey through the desert was a horrible ordeal.
"The journey isn’t easy at all. When we reached Niger, we were being beaten when they put us in another car. They were beating us even in the car. They raped a girl. There was no food, no water.”
Having arrived in Libya, the smuggler told her she had to work in a brothel to pay back the money for the journey. She eventually found work as a housemaid. It was hard work and her employer was a heartless person who on a whim refused to pay her monthly salary. After two years in Libya, Favour had had enough. She decided to try to get to Europe and went on board a smuggler’s boat.
“The first day of the journey we spent many hours at sea. We didn’t know which way to go. Many people fainted and some were vomiting. The boat started leaking and that’s when we told the captain that we had to turn back.”
They were saved by a Libyan ship and returned to shore. Favour was nine months pregnant so she was not put into Libyan detention like the other passengers. Soon she made another attempt to cross the sea. Conditions on board were difficult, the sea was rough, and people were sick. The boat was drifting helplessly when they were rescued and taken to Malta. Favour says she never wanted to go anywhere and says she cries when she thinks about how her wedding plans were dashed and she felt she had to flee. Today she is regretting that and is telling her countrymen in Nigeria not to take the road to Libya, where she says people die like ants.