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Eritrean Opposition Urges Sudan and Egypt to Protect Eritrean Refugees

In a press release issued today, Dr. Yususf Berhanu, the chairman of the executive office of the Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC) urged Sudan and Egypt to protect Eritrean refugees.

The press release stated that the Eritrean Opposition “expresses outrage at the Isaias regime’s complicity in people and organ trafficking” and accused it of inhumanity “toward suffering Eritrean refugees fleeing repression and torture at home.”

The Press release also accused the Eritrean ruling party of greed and “heartless involvement in lucrative human trafficking of its own citizens” and denounced the brutalization and killings of Eritrean refugees in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula by “murderous Bedouin organ traffickers.”

Refugees who have no means of bribing Eritrean officers involved the smuggling business usually cross to the Sudan by risking their lives through places where border guards have a shoot-to-kill order.

Once in the Sudan, Eritrean refugees risk being caught by Sudanese traffickers who collaborate with the Eritrean officers in the human trafficking business. Many have been deportated back to Eritrea where they “are routinely jailed, tortured or killed.”

Other refugees who escape from Eritrea end up in the hands of Bedouin human traffickers in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, where their captors ask payments of tens of thousands of dollars ransom for their release.

Those who make it across the Sinai Desert attempt yet another risky border crossing into Israel. If caught by Egyptian security guard, they risk being shot at or imprisoned and deportated to Eritrea. Hundreds of refugees are currently being held in Egyptian prisons.

The  chairman of the ENCDC Executive Office “urged the Egyptian authorities to release the estimated 600 Eritrean refugees” who are imprisoned in that country.

Gedab News learned that the ENCDC has already initiated contacts with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in an attempt to secure the release of the refugees and to find third countries willing to settle them.

The ENCDC Executive Office is stationed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and can be reached at telephone number 251 911 78 85 89 or through e-mail at ex.encdc2011@gmail.com

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  • Great work Dr. Yusuf but headache to dictator and traffic maker officials of issayas regime

  • fetaw hageru

    A very good move Dr. Burhanu
    finally there is some who cares about the forgotten beloved Eritreans who were abondened by theire
    own government in the midle of no where to face modern day slavery. !!!!!
    shame on you Isayas Afwerki you had several days to talk about the suffering of the somalies while ignoring the young boys and girls of Eritrea who were left in the middle of no where. !!!!!

    • flffie solomuna

      who are they those who asking sudan for eritren sefty?firt they have to think for their owen sefty.who are they? this poepl were killig ansent when they cross gash barka for 20 years.(1961-1981)THIS PEOPEL WERE ( ELF)LEDERS AT THAT TIME.THEY LOST BECOUSE OF THEIR BAD LEDERSHIP.NOW SEY AWASSA REFEGE THIS AND THAT…THE GOOD THING IS WE WILL KNOW THEM WHO IS THE ENEMY OF ERITREA IS.FINALY WE VOTE 98.9% ERITREA FOR ERITRENS.SO MEYBE FROM 1.1% YOU NOT FROM THIS % YOU MYBE 0.00001% SO YOU ARE LOST BEFOR SO NOW.

      • ALHAGIGA

        Dear Solomuna

        I believe you have no knowledge or back ground in regards to Eritrean history,maybe you are very young or new comer to Eritrea especially from Ethiopia [AMICHE BOY] ,regardless, you should read and know your history,I grew up in keren in 60s &70s and I have witnessed the sacrifices made by ELF fighters, with limited resources the ELF after liberating the rural area from Ethiopian army and militia, which were Ethiopian sympathizers, it took the fight to the urban areas of Eritrea, by February 1975 it was attacking the enemy in Asmara,released political prisoners from Ethiopian prisons,and defended the boarders from Dengue militias especially along Akle-guzie boarder,and the most important achievement of ELF is educating people like yourself to be proud Eritreans instead of accepting second class citizen in Ethiopia, you are truly a product of your master ISIAS who regularly bites the hand that extends to him .and for your information your master come to ELF a boy and they made of him a man, trained him sent him to China for training 1968-69 however ,it is in the nature of the beast to bite the hand that helped him, change is coming you better prepare your self,no Dictator lives for ever, the people fleeing Eritrea today are by far more than in any time in our history , why ?

        • Amine

          I agree with you Alghagiga.

          Don’t wary time will come for this ignorant individuals who they not only ignoring the suffering of Young Eritreans by their own dictatorship, they also help the dictator to carried away with this all.

          some Idiots could support the regime. but please dont ignore your brothers suffer, the clock is ticking very fast for PFDJ, by any means the will come into terms otherwise.

          I am very hopefull we will have Eritrea law and order that serves for the interest of the nation,

  • Abdu Saleh

    Dear Dr. Yusuf,

    a good start! That is what we eritreans were missing. A leadership who claims the right of eritreans. A leadership who feels the pain of eritreans. A leadership who trys to raise the voice of eritreans towards the world!
    Dont stop! React soon! Glory to our Martyrs!
    Down the dictatorship

  • Kokhob Selam

    While moving toward enemy to remove him from the root, saving the life of those innocent refuges is side by side important. Good step ENCDC. But even we expect more to make the effort bigger.