Ethiopia: A crackdown on Human Smugglers
She travelled at first on foot under cover of darkness and with the help of an Ethiopian smuggler, who had promised to take her first to Sudan’s capital Khartoum, then on to Libya.
“I was not in school and I could not find a job here in Ethiopia, so I decided to make the journey to Europe to try and make something out of myself,” she tells me.
But she never made it out of Sudan.
After running out of money in Khartoum she did odd jobs for a year, trying to raise enough money to pay another group of smugglers to take her northwards.
Things went from bad to worse and she was arrested by Sudanese police and spent weeks in prison.
“It was the scariest period of my entire life. I was arrested by police and they fired shots at me when I tried to escape.
“I was then arrested and beaten up by some 15 police officers,” she says, three months after returning home. Read more from BBC