Syrian dad relives horrific journey to UK in back of freezing lorry

Ahmad al-Rashid travelled from Syria to the UK in 2015. (Picture: BBC)
Ahmad Al-Rashid travelled from Syria to the in 2015 (Picture: BBC)

A Syrian refugee has relived the horror of his personal journey to Britain in the back of a freezing lorry following the invention of 39 our bodies in .

It took Ahmad Al-Rashid 55 days to make the perilous journey from war-torn Syria 4 years in the past.

He mentioned he will always remember the second he ‘touched death’ in the back of a freezing lorry.

Mr Al-Rashid mentioned: ‘The dying of fellow people whose our bodies have been discovered close to Essex had me shedding my thoughts.

‘I used to be there earlier than in 2015. I can really feel what they’ve been via. I can hear them screaming to dying as a result of I used to be there.

‘I can really feel them clinging onto life however in useless.

Ahmad al-Rashid travelled from Syria to the UK in 2015. (Picture: BBC)
Ahmad Al-Rashid was locked in a freezing lorry fearing for his life (Picture: BBC)
Waterglade Industrial Park, Eastern Avenue, Grays. WHERE DEAD BODIES HAVE BEEN FOUND IN THE BACK OF A LORRY
It is believed the lorry entered via Dublin (Picture: W8Media)

‘The screams of these individuals nonetheless haunts me. I can always remember that second after I touched dying whereas being stored in the back of the freezer lorry.



‘I can always remember the eyes of those that have been with me on that tanker, no air, no gentle nothing however the odor of dying.

‘It’s not possible to neglect it. I simply realised how fortunate I’m to be alive.’

Mr Al-Rashid recounted his story in a collection of heartbreaking tweets yesterday.

The father has since been reunited together with his spouse and little one in the UK, and gone on to obtain a Master’s diploma and get a job with the United Nations.

Police have searched two addresses in Northern Ireland following the arrest of Mo Robinson, 25, from Portadown, Co Armagh.

A 25-year-old lorry driver was arrested (Picture: Sky News)
Bodies of 39 people found in back of lorry on Essex industrial estate
The our bodies of 39 individuals have been discovered in the back of a lorry in Essex

He stays in custody for questioning by on suspicion of homicide.

Detectives have mentioned the trailer containing the victims arrived at Purfleet from Zeebrugge in Belgium at round 12.30am on Wednesday and the entrance part to which it was hooked up, often called the tractor, got here from Northern Ireland.

The lorry and trailer left the port at Purfleet shortly after 1.05am and officers have been referred to as round 30 minutes later after ambulance workers made the grim discovery at Waterglade Industrial Park in Eastern Avenue in close by Grays.

Eric Van Duyse, a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s workplace, mentioned that Brussels had began an investigation into the incident.

He added: ‘We have no idea at the moment how long the lorry spent in Belgium, it could be hours or days, we just don’t know.’

The incident follows warnings from the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Border Force of the elevated danger of people-smuggling through Belgium.



An NCA evaluation report on severe and organised crime final yr mentioned there was a ‘greater focus’ on rising smuggler numbers in Belgium after the closure of the Dunkirk migrant camp in 2017.

A Border Force evaluation in 2016 highlighted Zeebrugge as being amongst ‘key ports of embarkation for clandestine arrivals’.

Speaking on Wednesday afternoon, Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills mentioned the lorry and the container have been being moved to close by Tilbury Docks so the our bodies may be recovered whereas preserving the dignity of the victims.

She added: ‘We are yet to identify them and must manage this sensitively with their families.’



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