After passing Senegal, he crossed the desert in Mali inside an oil tank, where he nearly suffocated. Once he arrived in Libya, he was imprisoned for a month, during which he had to witness the murder of some of his fellow travelers. As soon as he was released, thanks to a payment sent by his family, he got in touch with a smuggler that transferred him to a "connection center" in Tripoli, Libya´s capital. He waited there for weeks to be sent to a beach in Zabratha, from where he departed to Europe.
Once in Italy, he was first transferred to Sicily and then to Biella, a city in the north of the country, where he lived till 2022, in a place called Hotel Colibri - an old hotel closed for a decade. The hotel was turned into a refugee center in August 2016.