LAMPEDUSA, Italy — The crossing from Africa to Europe in crowded boats plying through the Mediterranean is a harrowing experience that too often ends in death. Yet refugees who decide to make the journey often have no idea what lies ahead.
"They don't tell you anything about the trip being so difficult," Raage Hassan, a 19-year-old Somalian said of agents who sell spots on makeshift vessels for the crossing. "Sometimes you hear things from people who made it. But the agents just tell you it will be fine. It's not fine."