The Desperate Journey

Photograph for TIME by NICK CORNISH

JOURNEY'S END: After his boat was found off Lampedusa, Abdi Salan was bused and then choppered to a hospital. He remains in Palermo — for the moment

The drinking water runs out about 16 hours into the voyage, with the coast of Libya far behind and the old wooden boat chugging through the Mediterranean toward Sicily. But Abdi Salan Mohammed Hassan — a gangly, gentle, 23-year-old Somali man crammed into the open 12-m boat with scores of other Africans, all trying to smuggle themselves into Europe — isn't worried. It has taken him eight months to travel a 4,500-km route from Mogadishu and begin this perilous October crossing, and along the way he has gone without food and water plenty of times. His...

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