Raghad Hasoun, a 11-year-old Syrian refugee, recently died on a boat after human traffickers reportedly tossed her insulin into the ocean during a trip from Egypt to Italy.
Raghad, a diabetic, was on a Mediterranean migrant boat with her parents, who planned to take her to Italy for passage to Germany for treatment.
The family fled from war-torn Syria to Cairo, Egypt, back in 2013.
Raghad's dad, Eyas, told Corriere della Sera, an Italian newspaper, that he and his wife split up their daughter's insulin into two backpacks in case the couple got separated, notes the Daily Mail.
But the family had to walk through high water to reach the boat, which was anchored about 300 feet off Alexandria, Egypt.
"It was useless to resist - the traffickers were armed with Kalashnikovs," Eyas stated. "The water reached our necks. My rucksack was soaked with water."
Eyas lost his backpack, but his wife Naila was able to keep her backpack until the traffickers forced her to give it up.
"My wife replied that it was more precious to her than her own soul, she begged for pity," Eyas recalled. "The trafficker ripped it out of her arms and threw it in the sea."
Eyas and his wife managed to salvage the backpack, but the medicine was unusable.
Raghad became sick on the boat after three days. The vessel remained anchored on the coast in order for the traffickers to pick up more people.
The traffickers reportedly agreed to allow the family to go back to land on another boat, but a friend warned the family that the traffickers told the other boat to throw the entire family in the ocean, so the family didn't go.
After five days on the original boat, Raghad died.
She was fading. She murmured “Daddy Daddy." I should have been able to take care of everything, resolve every problem, protect my child, sacrificing myself if necessary. But I couldn’t do it. And this fault will stay with me my whole life.
Raghad's parents buried her at sea.
A merchant vessel rescued the family and others from the boat a few days later, and took them to Italy.
Eyas reported the traffickers to the Italian police, who arrested three Egyptians for trafficking, notes Deutsche Welle News.
The three men were not charged with murder because the traffickers who reportedly denied the girl her medicine stayed behind in Egypt.