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Sudanese, Eritrean migrants clash in violent brawl

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Calais - A brawl broke out in the early hours of Monday morning between Sudanese and Eritrean migrants in the northern French port of Calais, resulting in 24 injuries, 14 of which required hospital treatment. According to the emergency services, the fight began after a makeshift tent was torched and escalated quickly into running battles with iron bars. This is the latest incident between migrants desperately hoping to reach Britain from France. Around 2 300 migrants, mostly from Sudan, Eritrea and Syria, live in the makeshift tent village in Calais known as "the jungle". Calais is the main staging post for migrants trying to reach Britain from continental Europe without official documents, usually by smuggling themselves aboard one of the thousands of trucks that leave daily via the port and cross the Channel by ferry. Last week, a migrant suffered a gunshot wound, apparently after a battle between smugglers.

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Eritrean migrants risk everything to reach Europe

Some migrants reaching the shores of Europe after a dangerous journey across the sea have spent years on the road, travelling through the Sahara desert before finally getting onto a boat.Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid met up with a group of Eritrean migrants in Italy, that she had previously met in Libya a few weeks ago.They told her of their escape and hopes for the future.

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Norway alone in sending Eritrean refugees home

Norway's right-wing government is negotiating a deal with Eritrea's repressive regime which would see asylum seekers from the country forcibly returned, even though a UN report maintains that they could face torture.A recent UN-mandated inquiry found that there was a clear pattern of human rights abuse in the country. ”Detention is an ordinary fact of life, experienced by an inordinate number of individuals – men and women, old and young, including children,” Mike Smith, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea said at a press conference in March. "Detention centres range from official to the unofficial, located above ground or underground. Some have metal containers where prisoners are kept in extreme heat. Once in one of them, there is a likelihood that you will be subject to torture to extract a confession or to simply punish behaviours."

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Stranded at the Headwaters of Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Haben dreams of Europe, but he’s witnessed the nightmare of the journey to get there. He has been through what his compatriots fleeing Eritrea dread most: After crossing the border from Eritrea to Sudan in a five-day-trek in January this year, Haben (whose name has been changed) was kidnapped by smugglers and held captive for a month. “The samsara took me to the desert and beat me to tears,” he said, using the local Arabic term for smuggler.

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Who’s To Blame? Eritrean Refugee Killed By ISIS After Leaving Israel

What happened to Tesfai Kidane? The Eritrean migrant came to a tragic end in Libya at the hands of the Islamic State, but his family isn't sure what path he took to get there or exactly where he was headed. At a time when unstable states are creating floods of refugees in the Middle East and North Africa, Kidane's tale is just one of many filled with random twists and turns and unexpected outcomes. Kidane's journey began when he left his native Eritrea in 2007 and arrived in Israel, where he had family members. "My mother knew him. We met him and he was one of the family," says Mesi Fisahaie, who was Kidane's cousin. Kidane had been drafted into Eritrea's army when he was a teenager a few years earlier. He did not want to go because, among other reasons, there's no time limit on military service there. Soldiers arrested Kidane, his cousin says, when he left barracks to attend his brother's wedding.

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