A 20-year-old Nigerian student, Loveth, who was among the migrants recently rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, has narrated how she landed in Libya Prison.
The female student who was reportedly rescued by Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and Italian Red Cross, said she was studying Business Management, but could not finish her studies in Nigeria because of her financial constraints, so a friend sponsored her to go to Europe to conclude her education.
She shared, “Since I was a child, I used to sing in the church. I come from the Urhobo tribe, and I am an expert in our traditional dancing. Singing and dancing is just what makes me feel happy. I was studying Business Management, but I did not have enough money to finish my studies. A friend of mine sponsored me to go to Europe to finish my studies.”
“I left my daughter behind, Merit, she is only 4. I left her behind because I did not want to risk her life in the journey. I want her to join me once I’ll be in Europe. I first tried to cross from Libya in 2015 but the coast guard stopped our boat, and I was imprisoned. I spent a year and a half in prison. I was held for ransom. I have not spoken to my daughter in 9 months. Once my family paid the ransom, I tried to cross the sea again, and now here I am on this ship. Safe.”