Kifle’s father was killed in Eritrea’s independence war. His mother, also a fighter, was assigned elsewhere, so he was raised by the liberation front. Eight years after their victory, he was taken for national service and trained as a military policeman, but five years on, with no end in sight, he tried to flee, was caught and sent to prison. Six months later he escaped, went first to Ethiopia, then to Sudan and eventually to Israel. Today, seven years since he arrived, he is back in detention, classified not as a refugee but as an “infiltrator” and threatened with deportation. His experience is not unusual.