Mohamed’s Story: The deadly sea journey
“The trip was very harsh. People were dying in front of me, and I could see dead bodies. Many people were thrown out of the car. If you argued with someone he might throw you out and the driver would never stop.”
“At dawn the boat rocked three times and sank. I fell into the water. My life jacket kept me afloat. People were dragging each other down. Some were stuck on the boat, others were clinging to each other. Only 50 people survived from the 600. I knew how to swim, so I stayed away from them. I got far away from where the other people were.”
“The people who cross the sea never tell their friends back home what they have seen during the journey, but they send them their pretty photos.
The worst guys are those who send their friends nice photos for others to come after them. This is what causes many people to go on this risky journey. I have already advised many of my relatives, and I hope they now understand the hardships very well. I have told them clearly what I saw on the journey, that it wasn’t easy.”