This is a series of reports by Bakarat, an asylum seeker detained in Malta
10th January 2014
We have been told by the authorities that they will be bringing in teachers in here to teach us Maltese and anything that we need to know to start a new life here in Malta and in Europe. However no one has showed up so far. We only have one job in here: eating and sleeping. Men with great ambitions and a future ahead of them are detained in a cage – hopeless humans – without any direction and with their goals and dreams cut short.
Starvation of the Soul
To deprive a man from his liberty and to deny him ordinary activities – such as learning – is worse than starving the body. it is the starvation of the soul. The soul, a dweller in our body, is liberty itself. The saddest experience so far, and one that breaks our heart, is when we are taken to hospital: cuffed like a criminal – and thus seen like one.
“cuffed like a criminal – and thus seen like one”
If we are going to be detained for a long period we must keep ourselves busy. It is extremely boring to eat and sleep in this cage, day in day out. We have a small football pitch covered in gravel, and people get injured everyday, and this is also due to the poor quality footwear we have.
We hold this truth, which has now become self evident: all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
“…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”
Educate and inform the masses and this will be the only thing that can ensure the preservation of freedom.