Afghan travels 400km under lorry
AN Afghan migrant travelled 400 kilometres (250 miles) along an Italian highway strapped by leather belts to the bottom of a lorry, police said.
The man was arrested after other motorists on the Naples-Rome stretch of the A1 motorway caught sight of him suspended from the makeshift harness and alerted local police.
The Bulgarian drivers of the lorry, who were on a trip from Turkey to Spain, said they had been unaware of the stowaway and were allowed to continue their journey on August 23.
In an interview with Sky TG24, the Afghan man said he had paid 900 euros (US$1017) to a trafficker, who attached him to the lorry on a ferry from Greece, where he had spent six months in a migrant camp, to the Italian port of Brindisi.
He said his 22 hours under the lorry were tough but not unbearable as he was well secured.
“I have been through much more dangerous things in Afghanistan than this journey,” he said.
The exhausted Afghan was briefly hospitalised before being released to a migrant reception centre.
He was ordered to leave Italy within seven days after indicating he did not want to register an asylum request in the country. –