“I pray to god that he’s out there somewhere. I just want to hear from him that he made it, even if he’s in prison somewhere. I want a phone call from him, I’ll be happy so long as I can hear his voice again. “
“He wasn’t given his rights in this country. They compensated him with 2000 dinars. 2000 dinars for his fingers that were cut off and thrown out. Tunis failed to compensate him (through health insurance). He found no one to support him. When he lost his fingers he found no one to help him. He was fed up with this (injustice) so he decided to leave and find it elsewhere.”
“Getting a Visa and going there legally was not an option. It would cost him thousands, he didn’t have the money. I pleaded with his boss to let him work under the table. For him to get enough money so he can work and live independently. His boss refused, instead he gave him 3000 dollars in cash. He took this money and used it to migrate illegally. He found nothing here.. It wasn’t the logical thing to do but he found nothing here and it pushed him over the edge so he left. ”
“We applied for his VISA, and they didn’t want to give it to him. He initially (before everything happened) wanted a VISA so he can tour Europe or maybe even find a job, but he didn’t get it.
“He didn’t tell me anything before he left. All I know is that I heard through someone they were leaving through the Hawaraia (Tunisian city). In two hours, they’d get to the island (Pontalaria), which they did. But after that I don’t know. Did they die? Were they caught? God knows.”
“Three days after he left my wife got a call. She didn’t answer because she was preoccupied babysitting. We missed the call and found that it was an unkown/ no-caller ID. That’s all we ever got, that one phone call, that’s all we know about him.”