“Please, I want to stay in Italy!”

  • Date and time: January 12, 2022 14:30
  • Location: Bari, Italy
  • Coordinates: 41.1327435, 16.8668087
  • Pushback from: Italy
  • Pushback to: Greece
  • Demographics: 1 person(s), age: 24 years old , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: insulting
  • Police involved: No police involved, only 5 vessel security
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention, no translator present
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

The main respondent of this testimony described being below a truck onboard a vessel that left from Greece on the 11th of January 2022. The ship described as being a “Cargo” model departed at approximately 9:00 am from the Greek port of Patras and arrived in Bari at night of the next day at approximately 01:00 am – after 16 hours of transit.

When the vessel arrived at the port of Bari the respondent wanted to get out from underneath the truck. Five vessel securities noticed him and started running towards him. The securities shouted at him “sit here“. The respondent said, “Please, I want to stay in Italy“. Three securities took him from the Cargo to the Grimaldi while holding him violently on his neck and on his arms. The security forces took away his mobile phone.

“In Bari, I cut my arms in front of the securities asking for help. They saw blood but didn’t help me.”

The securities took the respondent and locked him in the bathroom. Still in Bari, the respondent cut his own arm in the bathroom of the vessel, out of desperation. He asked the securities for help. He said, “I want to go to Italy“. The respondent described that securities saw the blood but did not help him. Reportedly, the securities said, “It is no benefit for you”.

“They took me and locked me in the bathroom until I arrived in Patras. While I was in the bathroom, one person unlocked the door and insulted me, my mother, and my father.”

The vessel left Bari around 2.30 am on the 12th of January 2022. The respondent says in total, he spent three days on the vessel until he arrived back in Patras on Saturday, 15th of January, at around 5.00 am. He stayed locked in the bathroom until his arrival. He added that during one night, while he was sleeping in the bathroom, one person unlocked the door, insulted him multiple times, and locked the door again.

“They gave me very little food, one day almost nothing. […] I spent all the time closed in the bathroom.”

After the arrival to Patras on the 15th of January 2022, the respondent got his phone back. The officer in the Greek port took him into the station for about 20 minutes. He asked to have the respondent’s phone. The respondent unlocked his phone, and the officer checked it and asked questions. He also wanted to know how many people on the move were currently living in the old factory next to the harbor. After that the commando let the respondent go.

self-harm on the respondent’s arm. He cut his own arms hoping that security forces would assist him and allow him to leave the detention.
Cuts on respondent’s arm