Mohammed, Ali, Ahmed: The deceit of the smugglers
“The smugglers I’ve met myself treated people like products. They don’t care if people arrive or not as long as they get their money. From what I saw, they exaggerate, promising a safe arrival, that the engine is fast and the boat is clean.” Ahmed says.
“Yes, smugglers have no honesty. They only care about money.” Mohammed concurs.
“Ayoub was next to me telling me, Dad I want water! I was scooping from the sea and giving it to him to drink and to the other children, Maria and Izza al-Din too. We arrived in Malta in a state of unconsciousness. It was all thanks to God that we didn't get kidney failure. We were drinking sea water from the second day.” Ahmed recalls.
“The reason was that they insulted Libya, so I told them, don't insult Libya! They told me to shut my mouth or they’ll throw me into the sea.” Ali recalls.
“We had other nationalities with us, and you know what they are exposed to in Libya. It was a tense situation. The Africans are treated in a horrible way in Libya.” Mohammed adds.