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Eritrean migrants rescued off the Italian island of Lampedusa

By Michel Arseneault

Italy's navy has rescued 233 migrants from a boat off the island of Lampedusa. As is often the case they include a number of Eritrean youths. Eritreans have been fleeing their country to avoid the so-called National Service under which they live and work in dire conditions for years. Meron Estefanos, an Eritrean-born Swedish broadcaster and researcher, has interviewed many migrants whom she calls "hostages." She comments on their long trek to Europe via Egypt's Sinai desert.

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