Source: Telling the Story
Three Eritreans: Enough is enough, stop smuggling now!
“Just because we made it to Europe, we shouldn’t forget what happened to us back there and shouldn’t forget our brothers and sisters. Because we know how it is back in Libya. We know how they are living at this moment. What their daily life looks like.” Says Kidane.
“As for our brothers and sisters we were together with during good and bad times and are still in Libya, I pray they would find a way out of there.” Berhane says.
“The route from Sudan to Libya is full of extreme difficulties and challenges to the extent that you’d think you won’t make it. Our brothers would fall and die of thirst. You just leave them there, you don’t even bury them properly. We dumped many of our brothers and sisters on the way. The Sahara is difficult.” Kidane recalls.
“When we arrived in Libya, they told me to pay USD 1,600. I couldn’t pay that much money. They were torturing us, they were dropping hot melted plastic on our backs, beating us with plastic rods, to make us pay.” Says Abraham.
“We want to say it’s enough. Enough with taking the Libya route. It should stop with us.” Berhane says.
“What I want to tell you is, we know what happened to us and what we had to go through. Only those who’ve been through it would know about it. So, my brothers, what I want to say at the end is, please, all the bad things that happened to us should stop with us.” Says Kidane.