M., Age: 27, Gambia

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29 September 2017

I was detained in a prison near Tripoli for 6 months. At one point, the guards asked me about my skills and I told them I had been a construction worker. They gave me a day trial and brought me, along with some other friends, to work with them everyday since. We would work everyday side by side. They never paid us for our labor. One day, one of the boys was too tired to work and told the guards he couldn’t stand up. One of the Libyans responded, “if you don’t come I’ll shoot”. I thought he was joking and so did my friend but the Libyan man killed him with a shot to the head. Then he turned to me and said: “What are you going to do? Are you going to work or not?” This happened two weeks ago. Shortly after, a group of armed men raided the prison and freed us prisoners. I was able to escape and reach the sea. I departed soon after.

This testimony was gathered at the Pozzallo Hotspot on the 29th of September 2017

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