He came ashore with over 200 other migrants and refugees, but for him landing in Europe was especially momentous: it was his birthday.
In the last two days, over 1,500 people have come ashore in Pozzallo and Augusta, Sicily.
We stand with the millions of people who flee a present stained by sufferance, war, persecution and embark on a perilous journey to hope.
"I couldn’t let my sons be made into child soldiers, I couldn’t let my daughters have no future. It’s the dream of their future that led me. And we are alive."
Before you speak about migrants or refugees, think about this.
"Every day we do just that: we offer free, high- quality care. It's not a slogan, and these aren't numbers. It's the reality, and these are real people.”
"The worst part was in Libya. They made us work and then stole everything we’d earned."