Europe

Last Journey

A man travels to his own death in Switzerland

M knew he was condemned by a degenerative illness.
One day he made his decision: resort to assisted suicide, a practice illegal in his country, to “get rid of the burden of this life” before the incurable disease that affected him would turn him into a vegetable.

Like hundreds of people every year, M traveled almost three thousand kilometres by car and train, crossed two borders and reached Basel, in Switzerland, where “sweet death” is allowed to foreign citizens and where a doctor was waiting for him on the day they had agreed upon.

This is the story of his last 48 hours of life and of his last journey. A journey towards death, but mostly, as M himself said, towards “the dignity that my country denies me”.

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