"You're not looking for work, or to start a new life. You're just saying, 'I want to save myself,'" he says, remembering his desperation.
But instead Jone found himself trapped in limbo. He is one of hundreds of refugees whose requests for asylum have been rejected by Dutch authorities; unable to return home, they are also blocked from work or study.
"The biggest mistake I made in my life was to demand asylum in the Netherlands," he says.
As the Dutch prepare to vote in a general election where the far-right, anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders
and his Party for Freedom (PVV) are expected to poll strongly, Jone says he fears the status quo more than a Wilders win.
"I'm not afraid of Wilders
, I'm afraid of those who are running the system now," he says.
becomes [Prime Minister], I don't know how he's going to run his government. But I know these people, I was with them already for 16 years — 16 years I've been fighting, just for little rights."
Jone is part of a collective called We Are Here (WAH)
, founded in 2012 after a number of asylum seekers had their applications rejected simultaneously. With nowhere to go they squat in unoccupied buildings in Amsterdam -- partly for shelter, and partly to make themselves noticed.
The group's over 200 members come largely from war-torn African and Middle-Eastern countries, and are stuck in what human rights groups say is an "asylum gap," legally barred from integrating into Dutch life via jobs or training courses.
"If you want to be active to fight for your rights, first you need shelter over your head," says Jone. "When you have a place to sleep, you can relax and ... it can help yo