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Deported migrants have recounted distressing narratives of their journeys via the Sahara Desert, Libya and the perilous Mediterranean Sea.


The former Europe-bound Nigerians are among the lucky ones who remain alive to tell their stories after over 3,600 other Europe-bound migrants lost their lives while trying to flee Africa.

The survivors spoke at the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos.

The church led by Pastor T.B. Joshua has found itself continuously coming to the aid of deportees, who, after making these regrettable journeys, visit the church in need of financial and psychological support.

Tracy Stephen, a 23-year-old from Edo State, Nigeria, was one of the group of 52 deportees who spoke on Emmanuel TV run by the church.

She gave horrific details of torture, abuse and starvation including drinking water from a well with a corpse inside, nearly suffocating while hiding in a truck covered with watermelons as camouflage and witnessing teenage girls raped at gunpoint by their traffickers.

Lucky to be alive, her attempt to reach Italy was almost fatal when the over-filled rubber dinghy she had boarded ran out of fuel.

“There were no life-jackets and none of us could swim,” she said, adding that children and babies were among the 140 crammed on-board. Finally rescued by the Libyan Coast Guard, she was imprisoned for three months before being repatriated to Nigeria through the intervention of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), who subsequently provided a vehicle to bring the deportees to The SCOAN in recognition of the church’s humanitarian efforts.

Stephen’s narrative was one of many disturbing stories recounted, including a lady whose two children had to drink her urine to survive.

In support of the downtrodden deportees, T.B. Joshua presented gifts amounting to N10,000,000 (US$33,000), each of the group receiving N150,000 (US$500) alongside two bags of rice to “start their lives afresh.”

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  1. It is a pity!
    See what this clueless useless APC government has reduced Nigerians to!
    Chanji dole!
    Sai Baba!
    Sai Oshiomohole!

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    1. You're very stupid nonsense, did he tell you, is all happening under apc government, you people are the biggest problem to our nation than Boko Haram idiot....

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    2. You're very stupid nonsense, did he tell you, is all happening under apc government, you people are the biggest problem to our nation than Boko Haram idiot....

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  2. Isiaka you are a big fool for this your comment. Blaming the Government is all you want, keep being useless. You don't want to do something meaningful with your life.

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  3. Let's all pray for a better Nigerian

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  4. Let's all pray for a better Nigerian

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  5. Isiaka! Mr or Mrs, be sensible for once! A lot of people do visit this blog both home and abroad stop making deeming comments! Please be matured on issues!Right I'm not an APC fan but that does not makes me spit out useless words and be a nuisance to the public, u may think u are hidden under the name ISAIKA nobody knows you but please reason again. U don't need to comment on every news especially when u have nothing to say. Please be guided. Mark.

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    1. Are you one of those risked imminent death oi high sea to migrate because of this clueless APC government policies?
      So you may not know the reality on ground so you don't have the locus to speak in Isiaka's comment.

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    2. Your stupidity is legendary.It can make the Guinness book of records.
      Now, when Baba de go around the world to use the mouth he uses to eat masa and tuwo to tell world leaders and chief economists of international organisations how corrupt Nigerians are, Sebi na me talk am. When he goes to US and Europe to tell them that Nigerians are thieves and looters na me go there go talk am.
      See your life
      Sai Baba!
      Sai Tinubu!

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  6. Must u travel out of Nigeria to make wealth? It is WELL with your soul.

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  7. Isiaka dey talk like mumu.

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  8. How many churches and pastors can do this? None. This is just one of those. What of other humanitarian gestures all over the world? Victims of earthquakes and others? I don't mind to be attacked again, TBJ is simply selfless, God minded, philanthropist, in fact, if Nigeria has more of his like, well. Which one will you mention? Abeeg. God will continue to be with him.

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  9. @isaka if you don't have anything or meaningful to contribute it's better you hide under this two umbrella " silenced and smiles rather than saying nonsense. What is the issues if APC Nor PDP in this circumstance. This are the people's that all their hope's are in western countries.they don't believed in staying in their mothers country. As a human being I feel for them,same this is the consequences of wrong roots and decision. Many were doing well and better abroad when they take a better decisions and better channels.

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