“One of the passengers said that we are now one family. However I know that soon I’ll be alright but they will have to continue their journey. It will be a journey filled with mistrust and fear. Another struggle for them will ensue, to build a new life in Europe and to have to prove that they are worthy of our lands.
Meanwhile we wait for the politicians to decide what will happen with us, and we pass the time as best we can.
Together we play cards. Together we read. Together we try to keep active, making up games and playing music.
The people who I share this iron prison with are incredible. They have told me about many hardships, of suffering that I simply can’t imagine.
One guy was on a boat which sank earlier this year. He is one of only 9 survivors of a boat of 120 people. Many of them have been captured at sea and then returned to Libya, the hell from which they were trying to escape.
Most of them have been tortured. Some worse than others. Lots of them have been enslaved, sold for the price of a phone. They have been held at ransom and tortured in video calls to their parents, extorting money from them.”