Francesca Mapelli/MSF
To reach Libya it took 3 months and 3.000 dollars, crossing Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger. Smugglers sell you to other smugglers, and you pay for every stage.
They don’t give you food nor water, they beat you as dogs, they shout, they threaten you with the guns and they shoot you in your feet. You can’t even sleep, cause if you close your eyes you fear that you will die. They are very mean. Even if they pray they are not true Muslims.
In Niger, before the Libyan border, they gathered all the people that wanted to leave. We were 50. It took over two weeks to reach Libya, two weeks without food.