Hope allowed me to make my friend happy
F’s eyes fill with both joy and sadness as he recognises the EMERGENCY logo
I've been in Augusta since Tuesday. I've witnessed the landing of 712 people.
A newly-arrived refugee in Sicily describes the traumatic Mediterranean crossing.
An update from Sicily.
"In front of me, in the middle of the sea between Italy and Libya, were hundreds of youngsters. We rescued them one by one."
He came ashore with over 200 other migrants and refugees, but for him landing in Europe was especially momentous: it was his birthday.
"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."
"The worst part was in Libya. They made us work and then stole everything we’d earned."