إذا كنت من ملتمسي اللجوء الإريتريين أو السودانيين وتنتظر معرفة مصيرك فإن الإحصائيات تفيد بحصولك على رد إيجابي في معظم بلدان العالم: إذ يتم قبول التماس اللجوء من 83 بالمئة من الإريتريين و67 بالمئة من السودانيين الذين يجتازون عملية الفرز.
أما في إسرائيل فإن فرصتك تقترب من الصفر.
Nineteen-year-old Elina V. was 15 and in school when her grandmother forced her to marry a 24-year-old man. “I had to look after my husband, do housework, deal with in-laws, and work on the farm,” she told me. “My worst time was when I was pregnant. I had to do all this and deal with a pregnancy while I was just a child myself.”
If you are an Eritrean or Sudanese asylum seeker waiting to hear your fate, statistics suggest that in most countries you’ll get a positive reply: 83 percent of Eritreans and 67 percent of Sudanese going through asylum screening are accepted as refugees.
In Israel, however, your chances are close to nil.
Just over a year ago, gendarmes in Cambodia shot to death five garment workers after previously breaking up strikes calling for wage increases. Authorities then detained 18 other demonstrators for months, eventually convicting them on trumped-up charges.
On Saturday, Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, will celebrate his 91st birthday in lavish style. Two elephants, two buffaloes, a lion, two sables, and five impalas are to be slaughtered for the feast in the resort town of Victoria Falls, according to state media.