Migrants leave the Italian island of Lampedusa headed to Sicily dreaming of a new life, with one teen hoping to one day become a ''big man.'' Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Dawn breaks on the Italian island of Lampedusa. It's the first stop in Europe for scores of migrants seeking a better life. Now many begin a new journey as they leave holding centers aboard buses heading to a ferry that will take them to Sicily. They are lucky to be here. The Mediterranean crossing claimed an estimated 3,300 lives last year, and earlier this month more than 300 people are believed to have died after leaving Libya in inflatable rafts. At the port they are given food and water ahead of what will be about a nine hour journey. There are high hopes among the African migrants dreaming of a new future. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TEENAGED SOMALI MIGRANT, MOHAMMED, SAYING: "Just, I need to learn, a school, and I need to help my parents in the country, everything, I need to be a big man." (SOUNDBITE) (English) UN-NAMED SOMALI MIGRANT SAYING: "I am going to Norway, Oslo, I like. And do the work." REPORTER ASKING: What work? "Anything." (SOUNDBITE) (English) GHANA MIGRANT, PRINCE USSU, SAYING: "I want to send money to my family - they are very poor. Yes, I want to work hard to get money to my family." Lampedusa's proximity to North Africa has made it a main target for migrants fleeing in boats across the Mediterranean. For these survivors the hope is they are taking another step forward leaving poverty and conflict behind.