A., 20 years old Somalia

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23 November 2017

I was locked in a prison for 2 years. They were not bringing us anything to eat. They brought us food every other day and the food was just a very small piece of bread. During these two years they have been beating me, every day. They never allowed me to get up, I was forced to always remain seated. I began to be unable to use my legs properly. I could not stretch my legs anymore, I could not walk or even stand up. While I was in prison, at the end I could not move anymore. I could not even get on the boat that brought me to safety. A friend had to carry me in his arms… These people wanted a ransom from me but I did not know how to pay. If I am free today, it is because they gave me up, I was very close to death according to them. That is why they set me free. They thought that they could not get anything else from me.

This testimony was gathered at the Pozzallo Hotspot on 23 November 2017

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