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“We arrived in Libya in May [2015]. Some men kidnapped us. They said we should bring money. I told them I had none. They slept with all the women every night. One of the new girls asked me why I always cried. I told her I couldn’t leave and had spent seven months there. She got someone to pay for me and said I should go with her to Italy. 

“When I saw the sea and the boat, I was scared. They were pushing us and shouting ‘get in’!’ I cried when the Italian people rescued us. We all survived. Now I’m seeking protection - I want to stay in Italy, I want to learn Italian.”
Ada (not her real name) fled from Nigeria in 2015. © Asia Alfasi/PositiveNegatives/Amnesty International

“We arrived in Libya in May [2015]. Some men kidnapped us. They said we should bring money. I told them I had none. They slept with all the women every night. One of the new girls asked me why I always cried. I told her I couldn’t leave and had spent seven months there. She got someone to pay for me and said I should go with her to Italy.

“When I saw the sea and the boat, I was scared. They were pushing us and shouting ‘get in’!’ I cried when the Italian people rescued us. We all survived. Now I’m seeking protection – I want to stay in Italy, I want to learn Italian.”
Ada (not her real name) fled from Nigeria in 2015. © Asia Alfasi/PositiveNegatives/Amnesty International