A 22-year-old lady from Edo state, Beauty John has narrated her experience in Libyan prison after she was caught by security agents while trying to enter Italy illegally. Speaking to Vanguard, the young lady revealed that she discovered she was pregnant for her boyfriend in Benin while in prison and how she and her child almost died of malnutrition.
She described her experience as hell. Beauty John is one of the 158 people that got recently deported from Libya. Read her story below:
“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 at 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 diner. 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.
“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.”