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Nigerian Woman Who Gave Birth On Italian WarShip Badmouths Nigeria

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May 12, 2015 – Nigerian Woman Who Delivered Baby On Italian Warship Badmouths Nigeria

A Nigerian who gave birth on a warship after the Italian navy rescued her from a migrant boat has said that “Italy is better than Libya and Nigeria is the worst.”

She told Reuters on Monday her new daughter would have a better life in Europe, explaining why she risked the dangerous voyage.

Francesca Marina, named after St. Francis and the Italian navy, was 3.37 kilos (7 pounds, 7 ounces) when she was delivered aboard the Bettica naval vessel in the Mediterranean a week ago. Once ashore, she suffered from seizures and was put in intensive care.

A week on, both Stephanie Samuel, the 24-year-old Nigerian mother, and Francesca Marina have recovered. Doctors at the Sicilian hospital said they would probably be transferred to an immigration centre for families with small children in a few days time.

The story of the migrant baby born aboard a navy ship captured international media attention at the end of one of the busiest weekends for sea crossings from Libya to Europe this year, in which about 6,800 were rescued and dozens are said to have drowned.

Samuel worked for two years in Tripoli as a housemaid to save money to pay smugglers for the trip, but then the boat she set off in with about 90 others stalled after only three hours at sea.

By the time they were picked up by the Bettica off the Libyan coast seven hours later, she was unconscious after suffering epileptic seizures and had gone into labour.

“I didn’t expect the baby, you know, but she just like, she just came,” Samuel said. “I just wanted to leave Libya. Italy is better than Libya and Nigeria is the worst.”

About her daughter, she said: “God decides, not me … but I believe she will have a more good future in Europe.”

 

She said her husband, who is still working in Libya, was ready to risk the sea crossing to be with his daughter and wife as soon as he could afford to pay smugglers who demand up to $1,500 for passage on an overcrowded, rickety boat.

[RAGUSA, Italy (Reuters)]

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Lola O

    May 12, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    This is not badmouthing, she just said the truth. What amenity works in Nigeria? A country where a person is bleeding to death and the hospital refuses to treat unless the family pays #250,000 up front in the middle of the night? God punish your leaders. When they are sick or need medical check-up, they travel to Europe and America with Nigeria’s money they stole. This woman wanted a better life for her baby and who can blame her?

    • iron bar

      May 12, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      Italy is tough with dwindling economy just like Greece and spain,ask your folks..in as much we suffer bad leadership which is very unfortunate but bear in mind east or west..home is the best..his husband shouldn’t ride on those rickety boats just to get to Europe.my two cents

  2. mrs ohio alias mrs ERANKO

    May 12, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT ALL THESE COUNTRIES YOU THINK WERE BETTER THAN YOUR OWN COUNTRY TODAY ARE ONCE WORST THAN NIGERIA.

    NIGERIAN WILL SOON BECOME ONE OF THE BEST , AND YOU WILL BE NO WHERE TO BE FOUND BY THEN.

    BECAUSE WHO EVER TALK BAD ABOUT THEIR HOMELAND WILL BE A SLAVE TO OYINBO FOREVER. PLEASE DO NOT COME BACK TO NIGERIA ,

    YOU ARE BETTER IN THE LAND OF AWON ADOFURO, AND YOU TOO WOULD SOON BE A BYSEXUAL. GOOD LUCK TO YOUR FURO.

  3. samyom

    May 13, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    @ERANKO…NIGERIA Foundation is worst and as it going nw is even more bad.can u use southafrica,Ghana or cotonu to compare to nigeria, they are more better.

  4. olajire

    May 13, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    the question is that, does she have good education in Nigeria, get a good education then you will one day achieve a better life, all these people going through risk travelling abroad doesn’t have good education…..

  5. Tee

    May 13, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    WITH OUR USELESS LEADERS IN NIGERIA? YOU LIE!
    UNLESS CORRUPTION IS ERADICATED, NIGERIA WILL NOT GET BETTER….WAKE UP.

  6. HEARTMENDER

    May 13, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    What is wrong with all these low minded thinking Nigerians. I live in Italy and you should see the way these people from the sea are, they don’t have jobs, just keep wasting away. In my view these people are just lazy and feel europe is the answer to their problem and even risking their lives for nothing. Ooh am so ashamed of being a Nigerian here in Italy, they beg and all that, and even yesterday on TV they were protesting, destroying and littering every where that they need money and wifi, but the saddest of all is the Nigerian government, just looking seeing her name being dragged in the mud. Left to me crossing by sea should be a punishable crime!

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