July 31, 2016
Translated from Tigrigna
Most of the aggravations confronted by the Eritrean refugees in Sudan came from Sudanese police or members of other security department to that country. Especially the sexual and physical harassments inflicted upon Eritrean women are unbearable. Most of it happens to them while returning home after attending family’s or friend’s wedding. Sudan’s police make an excuse out of the party dress they are wearing to make either financial or sexual requirements, sometime even both.
More to the point, many Eritrean women and teenagers are becoming victims of abduction. A solid example would be the horrible incident happened to an Eritrean girl named Densa Tahr on July 3rdrd 2016. Densa lives with her older brother in Kassala City. When her brother left her in the house for he was gone to receive another brother visiting them from abroad, a gunmen with a hood on their face broke in to her house at about 8 pm, abducted her and sell her out instantly to Rashaida gangs. The Rashaida men asked for about 10,000 USD for her release. So her brother was left with no other options but to pay that amount of money. Ultimately she was spared. There exist a suspicion, that some people on the neighborhood have something to do with Densa’s Abduction. Because the abductors came shortly after her brother left her. So it seems it was an organized crime. At the moment Densa is residing in Khartoum and we are planning to interview her for broader info in the near future.
Similarly, we came to know a person named Kisanet Paulos , an Eritrean born and raised in the city of Keren in Eritrea, has disappeared since June of this year. Kisanet was working as house maid for a Sudanese Family in Khartoum. When she left for work before 2 months she never came back and there exists no information on her whereabouts. Yet, her family and friends along with the police are searching for her.
27 Eritreans in Sudan survived the risk of being deported to Eritrea
There is also another information that 27 Eritrean immigrants who came under arrest while they were crossing to Sudan along the Red sea towards Sewakin town had faced a deportation threat from the Sudanese Government. Nevertheless a Sudanese lawyer who advocates for the basic rights of refugees came to their rescue and managed to bring their case to court. After the court was convinced to review their case, it ordered to transfer them the UNHCR’s Camp in Shegerab. The detainees were transferred from Sawakin to Khartoum detention facility on the 13th of July 2016.
At the time these 27 Eritrean Immigrants got arrested and faced deportation, the Eritrean Embassy to Sudan was working fully to facilitate their deportation let alone influencing the extradition decisions. If it was not for that Sudanese lawyer things would have gone worst for these Eritreans.
Africa Monitors was able to talk on the phone with some of those who bought their freedom through bribery. But they were afraid to provide detailed information.