Wad-Sherifey Elementary School for Eritrean refugee children has registered 666 pupils for its 31st academic year that opened on 15 June 2014 and is expected to close by mid-March 2015. Of the total registration this time, 281 are girls and 385 boys. The children are aged between 6 and 15 years.
The Geneva daily, Tribute de Genève, reported on 21 July that the six refugee reception centers in Milan, Italy, are full of Eritreans and that local authorities are planning drastic changes on the situation.
Opened in October 2013, a few weeks after the Lampedusa tragedy, the Milan reception centers have so far received a total of 15,000 asylum seekers, most of them Syrians and Eritreans. Those who reach the centers in average stay five days and are always replaced by others. Their capacity is for 1,200 persons at a time but usually accommodate more than that number.
Earlier this month, 21 Eritrean asylum seekers, including a 14-year-old child and two pregnant women, spent over a week trapped between fences on the Israeli side of the Israeli-Egyptian border. As the temperatures soared, one of the women reportedly miscarried. The group was not provided with any shelter; the "most moral army in the world" gave the refugees only small amounts of water and scraps of cloth to protect themselves from the sun.