After saving a boatload of migrants in the Mediterranean, Mouhamed should have been hailed a hero. Instead, he was arrested for aiding illegal immigration – another victim of smugglers who make migrants take blame for their crimes

The man driving 129 migrants into the sea had no idea how to sail a boat. The traffickers in Libya had given him a compass and, with a gun pointed at his temple, told him to go north.

The Mediterranean was rough: two-metre high waves threatened to overturn the boat. Watching from the back, Mouhamed understood that if somebody else did not take the wheel soon, the sea would swallow them. The 24-year-old volunteered.

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