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Conditions are so harsh that deaths during the trip were reported from one third of the boats. Several of those interviewed by MSF also reported cases in which the smugglers threw passengers, including children, overboard. "They beat you badly on the boat, the have guns and knives. The condition on the boat was really very bad; I preferred to die, because of the beating. We had no water and nothing to eat. It is overcrowded, people are sitting on you, cannot move. People are sometimes passing urine and stool on you," a 50-year-old Somali man from Afgooye told MSF.