How do you find a boat that vanished without a trace?
Segen, like most of the other people on the boat, was a refugee from Eritrea — the “North Korea of Africa,” one of the most repressive countries in the world. Everybody was hoping the boat would get them to Italy, away from the hardships back home.
She called her husband, Yafet, the day before the boat left. They hadn’t seen each other for four weeks: While she travelled across Libya, smuggled thousands of miles to the coast with her baby, he’d stayed behind in Sudan. When she made it to Europe, he planned to follow.
The smuggler didn’t let them speak for long, maybe two minutes. It was OK: Yafet could speak with her once she reached Italy.
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