Dejen Berhane

Eritreans risk deadly odyssey to reach Europe

“We didn’t want to go with the Rashaida, but they had guns and swords and whips,” said Berhane, a slight and softly-spoken 25-year-old.

“They put us in a truck and covered us up, and drove us all the way to Sinai. I think they paid bribes at checkpoints along the way, and then they sold us to Egyptians, who sold us on to the Bedouins,” Berhane said.