L., 20-years-old, from Gambia.

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1 August 2017

“I spent 11 months in a Libyan prison. I fell ill in the prison due to the terrible sanitary conditions in which we were kept. I contracted a skin disease. My entire body was full of wounds that bled and filled with puss. I was not allowed to see a doctor and worsened significantly. The guards would publicly humiliate me because of my condition and no one would get near me. The guards would come only to beat or humiliate me. They would tell me that I wasn’t worth a thing and that no one would ever want me near them again. I thought that I was going to die because of this disease. Thus, I decided to try and escape with a friend of mine. The guards found out almost immediately and caught us again. They brought us back to the prison where they beat us violently. My friend did not survive the beating. I saw him die before my eyes”.

This testimony was gathered in August 2017 at the Pozzallo Hotspot.

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