A Nigerian migrant, identified as Vitoria, who was among the over 100 migrants rescued last week by Medecin Sans Frontières and SOS Méditerranée chartered Aquarius ship, has talked about why she chose the dangerous crossing of Libya to risk Italy.

"I was not afraid of the water because God created the water I'm not afraid of death We all die one day I'm more scared if the Libyan police would catch me again because they did are angry. " told the 21-year-old Nigerian woman after her rescue the journalist.

On Thursday she was in the migrants' group to arrive in the Sicilian city of Catania, including six women, 32 teenagers and six children. It could not be determined the number of other Nigerians in the group.

She told AFP that she had been in Libya for a little more than a year before leaving last weekend. She said she spent nearly six months in a Libyan prison after a failed first flight last year. The country's notorious detention centers have been labeled as "inhumane" by human rights groups and the United Nations.

Vitoria was one of those who had been on the rescue ship Aquarius chartered by SOS Méditerranée and Medecins Sans Frontières. since Monday night after being rescued by a smaller boat on Sunday; the Astral being led by a Spanish NGO after a call from the Italian Coast Guard.

More than 100 migrants were rescued from the Libyan coast during the operation, but they were stranded for three days in the central Mediterranean during a diplomatic conflict between Rome and London. Rome has this week decided to allow the 105 people to land in Italy, after a row with British authorities about who should take them. Nearly 700,000 people have landed on Italian shores since 2013.

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