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From desperate migrant to determined aid worker

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>> 2016 set to be the deadliest year yet for migrants making the journey to Europe. With news of at least 200 drowning in two shipwrecks off the coast of Libya on Thursday. One man dedicated to saving those making the perilous crossing is Abdel Safir Mohammed.>> When the immigrant arrive, I have to think about the food they eat, the clothes, the blankets, everything here.
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I represent the Italian Red Cross here and that is a big one, no? I feel sometimes I born to do this thing here.>> Five years ago, Abdel was in a rubber boat himself. He left Eritrea to get to Europe. He didn't want to tell me why. Can you describe to me what it feels like to be on the other side, when you're out at sea in that boat?
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>> It's not something you can explain. This world is about something you can feel inside
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] whatever I say cannot explain. But really, when you are in a boat in this sea here, the people that you meet, the first time you'll remember their face forever and I like to be one of those who will remain in the mind of some brothers.
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>> Abdel travels across the Mediterranean in a search and rescue vessel. The onboard coordinator, he speaks six languages and looks after the hundreds of migrants they have on deck at any one time. Why is it that you do this job? What drives you? What motivates you?>> It is not about who rescued and what happened, all these political stories and just about human lives and I think when we talk about people rescuing we are talking about a right that of Libyan.
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And this each one has to decide whatever happen and whatever they are from which religion we blessed. So why they are here. We have to think only about they are human beings and they have the right to live.