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“I want to live my life finally”

On Life Support, there is a group of Somali boys. They are skinny and exhausted.

They were rescued on Saturday 17 December from a wooden boat that left from the coast of Libya.

They sleep a lot, exchange a few words and smiles when awake, you can tell they are relieved.

One of them is L.C.

This is the first time I’ve slept in two years. I was in Libya, working as a builder so I could stay in the country and hoped to cross the sea. I always slept with one eye open at night because they would come and beat me when they felt like it. Sometimes maybe because I was doing something wrong without realising it, sometimes for no reason.
I would like to go to Frankfurt because I have relatives there. I want to live my life finally.