Coventry Refugee Who Survived Crossing Med Tells Heart She'd Rather Have Died

The 26-year-old - who we're calling Salam to protect her identity - spent a year and a half coming to Europe and says no-one should see the things that she has.

It took a year and a half for Salam to make it from Eritrea to Italy - now she studies in Coventry and is helping other refugees.

She said:"They're working only for money, they don't care about your life after.

"They took $50 for a life jacket but didn't give us a life jacket.

"It's better to die in your own country - really, it's better to die in your prison of your country.

"It was very bad. I saw people who died, I saw everything - bad things."

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EU leaders have agreed to triple funds for operations in the Mediterranean aimed at saving migrants lives fleeing their home countries.

Countries have pledged to send more ships there, and also plan to destroy traffickers' vessels.


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