My Story - Kasim, Somalia

"On the 1st of October, 2004, we arrived in Malta from Libya after four days in a boat. The police took us to detention in Floriana. We stayed twenty days in there. On the 21st of October, they called us. We didn’t suspect anything. We thought we were going to hospital. We didn’t know what was happening. We were six immigrants in all. We were taken on a bus and when we looked outside we noticed that we were at the airport. We asked the commander of the police where we were going and he said: “You are going back to Libya”.

We told him that we are refugees. We are Somali. The commander told us he will ask his superiors. When he finished his phone-call, he said: “You have to go back”. After we continued crying, the commander phoned again and told his superiors “They are crying a lot”. But after speaking with his superiors he said: “My commander told me you have to go back to Libya”.

They took us to Libya. A voyage which had taken 4 days and 4 nights in the boat, took us 30 min by plane. Inside the airport, the Libyan police took us. We went from prison to prison in very bad conditions. They placed us in cold water, hit us with iron and placed electric shocks. After one year in prison, they took us out. We didn’t know where they were taking us. We thought they were taking us to another prison. But they put us in the desert and left us there.

It was all desert. If we looked here nothing. If we looked there nothing. Not even animals. No trees. We didn’t know where to go. It was like killing us. We don’t know where is the north, where is the south. We started to walk. We tried our luck. Nothing to eat. Nothing to drink. Seven days in the desert without water, without food. After that we tried to continue but we were tired. We thought we were all dying. But some nomads came and gave us help. We told them we want to go to Benghazi and they helped us.

Only two of us were alive. Our friends died in the desert. I can never forget this. If it weren’t for the nomads we would have died like our friends.

In June of 2006 we went out on the boat. We spent three or four days in the sea. When we came back to Malta, they took us to detention at Hal Far. We spent six months in detention. When I went for my interview, I told the truth. When they asked: “Have you been to another European country before?” “Yes”, I say. “Which country?”. “Malta”, I answered.

When I got out of detention, I didn’t know how to manage. In 2007 I started to look for a lawyer. So I go to Katrine. We contacted her at JRS and she started my case.

Katrine helped me a lot because of my case. Many times I came to JRS. She told me “you have a right” and she encouraged me.

In 2010 I was resettled to France. Forever I thank her.

I am very very thankful for what she did for us. Not only me. She always helped me.

Now I am very happy. Especially thanks to Katrine and the staff at JRS. Because of that I won the case. She always looked for the rights of every human being. I am happy. I won my case."

Kasim Ibrahim Nur, who together with Abdul Hakim Hassan Abdulle was forcibly returned to Libya from Malta in 2004.In 2013, the Constitutional Court confirmed a judgement which had ruled that the rights of two Somali migrants to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment had been violated by their forced repatriation to Libya in 2004. 

 

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