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Refugees Drown in Attempted Sudanese Smuggling

Among the three biggest camps in eastern Sudan, Shagarab currently houses more than 30,000 mostly Eritrean refugees in addition to some Ethiopians and Somalis.
The first Eritrean refugees start to arrive in the Eastern Sudan was in 1968 during the early years of Eritrea’s war of independence against Ethiopia. Among the three biggest camps in eastern Sudan, Shagarab currently houses more than 15,000 mostly Eritrean refugees in addition to some Ethiopians and Somalis.

By AFP,

AT LEAST eight asylum-seekers have drowned trying to cross a river in Sudan during an attempt to smuggle them out of a refugee camp, the UN refugee agency said Thursday.

The accident happened as a group of from the Shegarab-1 camp in the eastern state of Kassala tried to cross the Atbara river on Wednesday evening. Continue reading Refugees Drown in Attempted Sudanese Smuggling

Sudan Unveils Plans for illegal Immigration Crackdown

Controlling illegal immigrants means controlling human trafficking

By Sudan Tribune,

The Sudanese interior ministry has announced its determination to deport all undocumented foreign nationals and called upon foreign citizens to legalize their status in the country before the deadline stated by the authorities.

The state’s minister at the interior ministry, Babiker Ahmed Digna, has disclosed to the pro-government Sudan Media Center (SMC) website, that foreign embassies in Khartoum were being contacted to legalize the status of their subjects, affirming the government’s seriousness to regulate foreign presence in Sudan.  Continue reading Sudan Unveils Plans for illegal Immigration Crackdown

Kidnappings in Eastern Sudan Refugee Camps Alarming: UNHCR

Hundreds of Israel-bound African refugees are being held hostage in the Sinai desert by smugglers demanding huge ransom to spare their lives.

By UN News Center,

The United Nations refugee agency today (25 Jan) called for international action to stop forced disappearances from camps in eastern Sudan that house Eritrean refugees, who may be held for ransom or trafficked for the purpose of forced marriage, sexual exploitation or bonded labour.

Over the last two years we have seen people disappearing from the Shagarab camps – some of them kidnapped, and others believed paying to be smuggled elsewhere,” Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at a briefing in Geneva.  Continue reading Kidnappings in Eastern Sudan Refugee Camps Alarming: UNHCR