Eritrea’s flag-carrying runner seeks asylum in UK to flee repressive regime

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Olympic athlete and middle-distance runner is one of four from country seeking escape from repressive regime

It was while his team-mates on Eritrea’s Olympic team were out watching the men’s marathon in the Sunday sunshine that Weynay Ghebresilasie finally decided to take the decision that has changed his life forever.

Without a goodbye, the 18-year-old walked out of his quarters at the Olympic village, threw away the sim card that had been given to him by the team’s minders and embarked on the process of claiming asylum in the UK – turning his back on a life as a conscript in the army of one of the world’s most reclusive and repressive regimes.

 

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