“We have spent almost three days on the boat at sea with nothing to eat or drink. It was evening when we left Zuwara [in Libya]. The children on the boat with us were crying a lot. We were on the lower deck of this wooden boat and we could no longer breathe. We had fuel canisters that had just finished when MSF arrived to rescue us."
Man from Ivory Coast
“My third attempt to cross the sea was from Zawiya, Libya, in August 2020. We were approximately 50 people in a wooden boat. At 1:30 in the morning we went to the beach and we departed. We were at sea for one and a half days.
Then we got caught by the Libyan Coast Guard. They returned us to Al-Khoms [Libya]. Similar to the last two times I was returned, the coast guards were hitting and beating us. When we arrived at Al-Khoms port, my friends and I tried to escape. The police opened fire at us and two of my friends died. Three others were injured. They were my friends, but I had to run away, because if they caught me, I knew that they would kill me too.”
Young man, from Darfur, Sudan