Tales Of Woes: 22-yr-old deportee recount ordeal in Libyan prison

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Beauty John says she almost died in a Libyan prison

A Nigerian lady who tried to enter Europe illegally has narrated her horrendous experience in a Libyan prison.

A 22-year-old Nigerian lady who thought she was going for a better life in Europe but ended up in a Libyan prison for five months, has recounted how she almost died while in detention.

The lady, Beauty John who was one of the recently deported Nigerians from the North African country, narrated how she was caught by security agents while trying to enter Italy illegally after being trafficked by a syndicate from Nigeria.

John who spoke to reporters on arrival described her experience as horrible, dehumanizing and dreadful.

The victim who said that she discovered she was pregnant for her boyfriend in Benin, Edo State, while in prison and gave birth there, added that she and the baby almost died of malnutrition while in the detention.

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Read her story here:

“One of my aunts who stays in Italy visited Benin and told some of us to come over, promising to help us secure jobs.

Five of us made up our minds to go, but in the end, I was the only one who could raise money for the trip. 

On July 11, 2016, some other male friends and I left Benin for Sokoto State, through the desert. We got to Libya a week after and stayed somewhere in preparation for the trip to Italy by sea.

Unfortunately, we were caught by some security agents. After profiling us, we were taken to a cell in the desert, where I spent five months.

While in the cell, I discovered I was pregnant for my boyfriend, who lives in Benin. My experience in the desert cell could best be described as hell.

Sometimes, we were given a slice of bread as breakfast and watery spaghetti for dinner. No lunch. Some inmates I met in the cell died as a result of malnutrition and lack of proper medical care, while others lost their sight.

I also fell sick. That I gave birth and we are both alive today is a miracle. After giving birth, my baby cried for days without food, as my breasts were not bringing out milk.

I was advised to put it in his mouth like that. I cried and regretted embarking on the journey. I thought my baby and I will die of starvation.

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Finally, help came my way when the Nigerian Ambassador to Libya visited the cell and asked if we would like to go back home. I am grateful to God that I am alive to share my story.”

John was one of the 158 Nigerians who voluntarily agreed to be deported from Libya after they were caught trying to travel to Europe illegally.

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