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Asylum seekers

Issue No. 1985

Bereket Yohannes from Eritrea killed himself last week at Harmondsworth detention centre. He became the seventh asylum seeker to die at his own hands while incarcerated in a British detention centre.

Bereket, 26 years old, was found hanged in the showers. Bereket had only been in Harmondsworth a few weeks.

He was terrified of being deported to Eritrea, had found the conditions in the detention centre unbearable and decided to end his life. Bereket had warned them he would kill himself.

Harmondsworth detainees met together to discuss the death of Bereket and their concerns with conditions in the centre. They formed a committee and drew up a number of complaints that they presented to the United Kingdom Detention Service.

Aleks Avdia, an asylum seeker from Kosovo was deported from Swansea last week. Aleks has been in Swansea for six years. He came from Kosovo, aged 25. He trained at Swansea college and works for British Gas, which will support his application from Kosovo to be allowed back into the Britain. For information go to

Section 9 conference, Saturday 28 January, 11am to 5 pm, Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street Manchester. Followed by Candle lit vigil 5:30pm.

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Sat 28 Jan 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1985
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