Rhenald was born in Nigeria into a polygamous family. He learned early to study and work hard. After graduating, he worked at several different jobs. Someone offered him work in Libya if he could get there on his own, which he did. He traveled crammed in the back of a pickup with 40 other people.
When he arrived, he was robbed of everything he had but he made it to the location of his new job. He discovered, though, that Libya was dangerous. People were beaten, robbed, and killed. Rhenald decided to escape Libya and made it to the coast where he was kept in a camp for three weeks. He describes the awful living conditions there, all while awaiting the perilous journey across the sea in over-filled rubber boats, where they lost many along the way. Rhenald was rescued and has now lived in Rome for two years.
Nigeria, Libya, Italy, employment, robbery, gangs, violence, prostitution, rape, murder, poor living conditions, malnutrition, boats, trafficking, drowning, danger, Mediterranean Sea, language, family separation, friends