Dying to Reach Europe: Insight into the desperate journeys Eritreans make to reach safety
The dangerous journeys that tens of thousands of Eritreans are making across desert and sea to Europe are a striking example of how restrictive migration policies are having a devastating impact on people seeking safety outside their countries of origin. This report is based on the first-hand testimonies of refugees who have fled the small but highly militarised East African country, reporting a lack of freedom and forced military conscription for years or even decades. Every Eritrean interviewed by MSF teams on its search and rescue vessels in the Mediterranean Sea reported being either a direct victim or a witness to severe levels of violence, including torture, in multiple locations throughout their harrowing journey from Eritrea to Europe. With this report, MSF seeks to examine in more detail the hardships faced by Eritreans, both in Eritrea itself and in the course of their journeys in search of safety.