At the gates of #Holot, an #Israeli #detention #centre for #asylumseekers and #illegal #immigrants in the desert near the #Egyptian #border, a group of #African men are sitting by the side of a dusty road and playing music on their phones.
Every few minutes the tinny beats are drowned out by the roar of #Israeli F-15 fighter jets overhead and in the distance is the crackle of gunfire from an army training base.
Here, thousands of migrants are about to be turned over by Israel to African nations, where far from having a comfortable and safe life, they are thrown into the path of #terrorists and #traffickers.
Tomas Yohannes, a 29-year-old #Eritrean man, seems to notice neither the music nor the aircraft as he sits quietly at a wooden picnic table and explains the decision facing him. “If I have to choose between Rwanda or in prison, it is better for me to stay in #prison,” he say