The long route and difficult journey of Eritrean refugees to Sudan

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Photo Credit: Smret and Sabela

Translated from Tigrigna

It is becoming common to see the flow of Eritreans to Ethiopia and Sudan.  In-spite of the peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the flow of Eritreans fleeing the country has increased rapidly.  Nowadays the number of Eritreans who try to move to Sudan after entering to Ethiopia has increased increasing the vulnerability of migrants to human trafficking and smuggling.

Here, I have a brief and interesting chat [in Khartoum] with two young Eritreans who fled to Ethiopia as soon as the border opened and later moved to Sudan by paying 3000 USD each. During our chat they gave me detailed descriptions of their journey and the difficulties they faced during their journey. Continue reading “The long route and difficult journey of Eritrean refugees to Sudan”


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. Continue reading “Khartoum: Eritrean unaccompanied street minors”

Sudan: the Impact of the Suspension of the UNHCR Resettlement Programme on Refugees

November 17, 2018

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) resettlement programme in Sudan has been suspended leaving applicants in limbo following the fraud scandal investigation which started in May 2018.  The UNHCR office has not yet resumed its resettlement services to the needy refugees. It has been closed since May 2018 due to the fraudulent practices of the office which was exposed by IRIN journalist. Refugees alleged that the UNHCR staff upon receiving bribes have tried to reverse decisions made based on standard eligibility. Continue reading “Sudan: the Impact of the Suspension of the UNHCR Resettlement Programme on Refugees”

The opening of the Eritrea-Ethiopia border: a cause for heightened exodus of Eritreans

November 14, 2018

Following the official opening of the Serha- Zalembesa border between Eritrea and Ethiopia, a big number of Eritreans including children and families have crossed to Ethiopia.

This has also resulted in the increase of Eritreans flowing to Sudan, Uganda and Kenya via Ethiopia. The Eritreans who are flowing to Sudan from Ethiopia trough the border crossings of Metema and Humera include, women, children, unaccompanied minors and youths. Continue reading “The opening of the Eritrea-Ethiopia border: a cause for heightened exodus of Eritreans”

Sudan: Crack down of Human traffickers and smugglers intensifies

November 11, 2018

Based on an anonymous source familiar with the document, the Sudanese government has started to arrest smugglers and human traffickers based on the list of the names given by the European Union. Though there were previous actions by Sudanese government to arrest traffickers, the current operation which started in September seemed quite effective for it was based on detailed and clear information on the traffickers provided by the European Union. Continue reading “Sudan: Crack down of Human traffickers and smugglers intensifies”