Remarkable courage: the flight from Eritrea

I cannot live without freedom.

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“I cannot live without freedom.” This was how Henok Tekle, a young Eritrean explained just why he was driven to escape from his country not once, but twice!

HenokHenok – like thousands of his countrymen and women managed to make the extraordinary journey from Eritrea through Sudan and Libya.

He was shot at by border guards and almost drowning on his way to Malta.

“The waves were over our heads,” he said. “The captain wanted to abandon ship, with the only life-vest, but he was grabbed by a refugee, who would not let him go.”

Finally they made it to Malta, but rather than treated as refugees, they were imprisoned before being taken by troops to a plane and forcibly repatriated back to the Eritrean capital, Asmara.”You will be deported,” a Maltese officer told him.

His punishment was to be sent to the Dahlak Islands which contain some of Eritrea’s…

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