Lorry deaths reveal desperate measures people take to escape war and persecution
Days without food and water, stuck in a freezing container beneath boxes of syringes, or potatoes or meat. These are some of the conditions refugees have spoken about enduring in their long, life-threatening journeys to the UK.
“No words can describe how I feel today,” tweeted Ahmad Al-Rashid after the discovery of 39 bodies inside a refrigerated lorry trailer in Essex on Wednesday.
“I have read the news about the bodies found in the back of a lorry with lots of horror,” said Rashid, who travelled from Syria to the UK in 2015. “It brought back memories of my journey when we were stuck nearly to death in lorries and tankers and freezers with meat and chicken.”
Rashid went on to highlight “the difficult decisions people make when they are surrounded by death and killing” and “why they flee their homes and loved ones”.
“Surviving these horrendous situations and being able to thrive afterwards is a triumph,” he said. “My heart goes out to those who lost their lives en route. Be kind, be the voices of the voiceless. Be a human being.”