Saida’s Story: No mercy for mothers and children
“Because Italy seemed so close, everybody wanted to go there. I didn’t have a good life where I was or my own place to live. I was a woman who was forced to depend on others. So, I left. I left because that girl had left.
The idea was in my mind. I couldn’t sleep because of her.”
“It was extremely difficult for me on that journey with so many hardships and problems. But imagine someone who has three children and is breast feeding and has nothing to eat!
I saw Somali mothers with children and mothers from neighbouring countries, like the Eritrean mother I saw. She was a very strong mother and my heart was broken because of her and her children. While the mother held her child against her breast, she was beaten. You would see pregnant women being beaten.”
“The last scream I heard from the people on the boat was from a girl who had just given birth to a little boy. That night the people on the boat also included three pregnant Eritrean women. One of them was carrying a one-year-old baby and another had a four-year-old child with her. We could not rescue them, and they died that way. None of them survived.”
“I was in a very difficult situation. Eventually I asked Somali people to collect something for me. I got into debt because of him. He was tortured and beaten, but I found help.”