A 19-year-old Eritrean refugee bears the signs of violence she suffered as she fled from her country to Europe through Libya. She is now pregnant as a result of rape.
"J. left Eritrea and crossed the Libyan desert before getting on a boat and arriving in Sicily," activists for the Baobab Association in the Italian capital of Rome told reporters. The association helps migrants in transit at the Tiburtina train station.
The woman's journey was told through a Facebook post, since she did not want to speak to the media.
"She stayed in Libya for months after a man took her hostage. She was raped, while those who had travelled with her were allowed to leave. She became the man's sex slave," they said. The nightmare lasted for months until, "perhaps after getting tired of her, he let her go", they said.
Arrival in Rome
"J. arrived in Rome's Tiburtina station on March 8, International Women's Day," they continued. ''The abuse she suffered is seen on her skin and her face, on which she showed an area under her cheekbone that is paler than the rest and which she said was the result of torture."
J. speaks only her native tongue and a bit of Arabic, according to the Facebook post. She has a two-year-old son that she left in Libya with her relatives, whose photograph she proudly displays. "She lights up looking at him," the activists write.
The terrible experience she lived through in Libya has left her pregnant again, which the activists say, remind her of what she went through in the country. "We must hurry to get rid of it and start over from there," they add.
Request for relocation for a future in Europe
"J. has placed all her hopes in a relocation request, which, once she receives it - if she receives it - will enable her to begin her life afresh with her son in a country in the 'very civilized' Europe," the Facebook post continues. "That same Europe that welcomed her with nothing, that looks at her a bit askance, that Europe in which she has found only a few caresses and help from a group of volunteers: a bit too little to call this 'civilized'.''
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