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MHub Data Focal Points have been undertaking field surveys with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers along key migratory routes. The intention of this series is to share the human stories behind the numbers. In many cases, the content was provided directly by the respondent as they documented their journey on their mobile device. All content has been uploaded with the subject's consent and under our terms of anonymity and confidentiality.

“Every time there is a change of regime, there are attacks”

TESTIMONIES OF BEING FORCED TO CROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN

“I looked at it as proof, so I put my confidence in him.”

“When we cross countries, people do not see us as human beings, but just as possible sources of income.”

“The boat sunk, my wife and children died. Out of 140 migrants, 19 survived, I am one of them.”

Libya is terrible. People over there suggest migrants to try to go to Italy. Either you die or you make it, I was told.”

“All we seek is peace. We do not want to be threatened and live in insecurity. Every time it was the same thing, behind is dangerous, ahead is dangerous. Where can I find peace?”

“When you hear about all those African brothers and sisters that lose their lives at sea to make to Europe, it scares you.”

“I remember staring at the sea and asking myself ‘What is there, beyond the sea’. I only knew that Europe was there, nothing else.”

“I know they thought we are here to cross to Libya and from there reach Europe, but this not our intention..”

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“Before we got to the border we were sold…”

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“I take pills to help with the memories…”

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“…When my son will grow up he will be very proud of his father.”

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“Either you manage to get to Spain or you fail and die.”

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“I have lost my peace of mind, I have lost my happiness forever.”

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“I wanted to be in a safe place, I did not run from poverty to be caught in war…”

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“I wanted to improve my capacities, not to kill people.”

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“More than 100 of us were on that little boat…”

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