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West Chester filmmaker driven to tell Eritreans’ story

When a refugee working to oppose one of the world's most repressive regimes tried to leave, the Eritrean government found him and held him in an underground prison for six years until he escaped.His job at the jail had been to sell the kerosene that inmates buy for cooking. He said he saw some use it to set themselves on fire. "That was one of the first stories we heard," said Chris Cotter, an aspiring filmmaker in West Chester. "It was tough." Cotter, a 37-year-old musician, is almost done making a documentary - Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus - to share people's stories and raise awareness about human rights abuses in Eritrea, a country slightly larger than Pennsylvania on the Horn of Africa.

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Armed men raid South Sudan school, abduct 89 children

(CNN)Armed groups raided a South Sudanese school and seized 89 children, the United Nations said Saturday. It pointed out that boys were among those taken.The abduction occurred near Malakal, where thousands of people have taken refuge following months of violence in the nation.Kidnappers gathered around a community and conducted house-to-house searches, according to the U.N. children's agency. It said boys over age 12 were taken away by force.

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11-year-old Eritrean migrant left his family for new life in Europe

11-year-old Tanjin (pictured) is one of 2,000 asylum seekers to land on Lampedusa in the last five days - having risked their lives crossing the rough Mediterranean waters on smuggling boats.The Eritrean boy left his family behind and if he is sent back too, he faces being conscripted into the country's military. For that reason, the boy is likely to remain in Europe where he will continue his education.

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Crown Princess set to visit Ethiopia

Next week, Crown Princess Mary will travel to Ethiopia to continue furthering Denmark's agenda to improve women's and girls' health and rights issues around the world. Accompanying her will be the trade and development minister, Mogens Jensen.The pair are set to meet with civil society organisations and individuals championing women's and girls' issues to discuss the specific challenges they face in humanitarian crises, as well as possible solutions. They will also be meeting Ethiopian female entrepreneurs.

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World Report 2015: Eritrea

Eritrea’s dismal human rights situation, exacerbated by indefinite military conscription, is causing thousands of Eritreans to flee their country every month. In early 2014, President Isaias Afewerki confirmed his lack of interest in an open society, stating: “[I]f there is anyone who thinks there will be democracy or [a] multiparty system in this country ... then that person can think of such things in another world.”

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