I have been detained in detention three months then I had an interview with the Refugee Commissioner in Malta and then they gave me subsidiary protection. What I was expecting was to get a different life, because I came here to get freedom but it happen that I had to go to
detention because of the rules of Malta. It was a kind of, I can say, a prison There’s a lack of freedom, lack of free movement it was like a closed place. What I mean is that it’s not an open centre, it was a closed place.
We had food three times a day. We had medical assistance. If your have a serious health problem But we don’t have activities, we cannot play football, there are movies and TVs but it was rare and imagine how people were staying
in one room, most of us have a mattress, but we don’t have a bed. and all our things, we have to put them on the mattress. All you have to do is that you have to wake up in the morning, take a shower, take your breakfast, and the second step is that you have the whole day without activity. I did not have any information on what’s going on outside of where I’m staying. And I cannot even have a full contact with my family. We just have one phone in there and imagine 70 people using that phone. I’m sure that, on the other side, my parents in Somalia did not know where I was. They don’t know where I am, in Malta or not. There was kind of a welfare organisation, such as JRS who used to visit us in the detention. We discussed with them our situation, if they can help, such as if we need medical assistance. In my point of view, from my side I used to ask them books I liked to read in the
detention because books can stay a long time, you can spend a lot of time with them. So sometimes, if they didn’t give me
a new book, I used to read that book many times before they give me another one.
So that was exactly how I managed, in detention, to feel relaxed although it is very hard to live there if we compare to the other side, but I put myself to read books to create entertainment to put my mind outside from where I was