Khartoum: Eritrean unaccompanied street minors

November 19, 2018

The number of unaccompanied Eritrean refugees migrating to Sudan via Ethiopia is ever in the increase and most of the unaccompanied minors embark on the journey without prior knowledge of the difficulties they face as they do not have the mental capacity to comprehend such difficulties. When they arrive in Khartoum after much suffering and difficulties and violations, the end up in the streets of Khartoum because there are no people to host them.

The situation is posing a huge challenges even to the Khartoum security authorities. These unaccompanied minors have come to Sudan after crossing from Eritrea to Ethiopia following the opening of the Eritrea –Ethiopia border. If the situation does not get quick attention form the Sudanese government and refugee advocates, there is a concern the it will have a great negative impact. Khartoum Security forces are arresting those arriving to the city and those found walking in the streets and Khartoum. After the arrests, they detain them in the Azu-Bed detention facility. This detention facility was previously a primary school. Their fate is yet unknown.

The Sudanese security officers are in consultation with the UNHCR and UNICEF to address the situation of the unaccompanied Eritrean minors. The unaccompanied minors embarked motivated by adventurous plan and naivety. Most of them have come to Sudan with the plan to continue their journey to Libya with the final destination being Europe despite the fact that Libya is very dangerous to refugees. Sadly the Eritrean refugees are still travelling to Libya at the in which other refugees are escaping from Libya for Safety.

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