Promise, one of the Italy-bound Nigerian migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) had this to say about why she tried to leave the country:
“My name is Promise and I’m from Nigeria. Nigeria is not a good place to be a lady, so I had to get out. I left my family behind and had been travelling across Africa for some time before I got to the Libyan coast. I got on a dinghy with over 160 other people on board. We must’ve been travelling for a few hours when we realized that we were in big trouble, with no land in sight.
At first everyone was silent, no-one said a word, then slowly people started praying, crying and shouting. It was scary. When we were finally rescued and got to the MOAS boat we were checked, given food, water and blankets. I’m so relieved that I’ve finally made it. Now I really want to go forward and go to Italy to pursue my dream: become a doctor.”