What might sound like heaven to a chocoholic became a nightmare for seven Syrian refugees who tried to smuggle themselves into the U.K. in a vat of melted chocolate.
One of the refugees told the media of the terrifying experience when he was trapped inside the tank of melted chocolate for two hours and nearly drowned.
This was apparently the Syrian refugee’s 18th attempt to escape what he said were terrible conditions in a refugee camp in Calais, France. He and six other refugees apparently jumped onto a truck heading for the U.K. and ended up being trapped in the vat of chocolate for over two hours.
The man said they had no idea what was in the tank, but as soon as it was opened the smell hit them.
He told the BBC World News, “It was chocolate. We were going to sneak into the U.K. in a heated tank of liquid chocolate.”
At first it was apparently a “really good feeling” to get out of the cold weather and into the warm chocolate, but after around 15 minutes it started getting really uncomfortable.
“I nearly drowned in chocolate” http://t.co/zM77dFEV97 Syrian refugee tried to get to the UK hidden in a tanker truck of melted chocolate
— Kevin Harber (@kevharb) March 31, 2015
According to the man, he and the other refugees eventually had to break out of the truck for fear of being drowned.
“I couldn’t touch the bottom of the tank.”
“We were all holding onto the rim of the hatch with one hand and resting the other on the next man’s shoulder. If anyone had lost their grip and gone under, we’d never have been able to get to him out.”
“The heat was terrible. We had to keep moving our legs to keep from getting totally trapped in the chocolate.”
“We just cursed Bashar al-Assad for putting us in this situation.”
“In the end, the others started to say that it was too hot, that we had to get out.”
— Lebanon24 (@lebanon24En) March 31, 2015
The Mirror Online reports that the Syrian refugee eventually reached the U.K. on a trailer loaded with new lorry cabs, which was a much safer option, but he did say the chocolate was good.
“We were covered in chocolate from head to toe – our hands, our hair, our eyes – it was everywhere.”
“It was good chocolate, though. We were still licking at it on the way home. You could see our footprints stretching out on the road behind us.”
The Syrian refugee had been working for an Iraqi trafficker in Calais after he had fled Syria “with nothing.” The man now lives in Sheffield in the U.K. where he works in an Arabic restaurant.
The Inquisitr recently reported on the heartbreaking story of a four-year-old Syrian girl who was pictured surrendering herself in a Syrian refugee camp.
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