Agence France-PresseOctober 6, 2013 17:02
A raging fire on board the boat, screams of fear and the drop into the dark waters: Ali, one of the 155 traumatised survivors from Italy's refugee boat disaster, struggled to hold back the tears.
"We arrived near the coast at about three in the morning. We waited a long time, but no help came," the hollow-eyed 25-year-old told AFP, as he sat in an overcrowded refugee centre on Lampedusa island.
"We were trying to make a signal and the captain burned a T-shirt on the top of the boat," said Ali, wearing a garish green hand-me-down tracksuit.