Jan 172012

“We found with them four Eritreans who were being prepared for transport to Israel,” the report said, adding that officers also recovered firearms, ammunition, satellite telephones and documents.

“They allegedly send the people to Israel to find jobs. Sometimes they transport them by force. They are people trafficking,” the Sudanese Media Center said.

On a visit on Thursday to a refugee camp in eastern Sudan near the border, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, said Eritrean refugees are being kidnapped and sometimes killed by human traffickers.

He called for global action against the crimes but said the UNHCR will also work with Sudanese authorities and the International Organisation for Migration, an intergovernmental body, to strengthen local police with additional vehicles, computers and other equipment.

Young migrants are turning to illegal transportation by smugglers to reach the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the Middle East or Europe, where they hope to find greater opportunities, UNHCR said in a briefing paper.

But some simply end up being kidnapped for ransoms which the UNHCR said can reach $10,000.

Many of the Eritreans are fleeing military service in their authoritarian homeland.

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  4 Responses to “Sudan busts people smugglers: report (AFP) – 01-16-2011”

  1. We all know those call themselves eritrean opposition group. positioned in ethiopia , doing business by using landcruisers givin to them by woyane regime, to smuggle eritrean and tigreans ,to sudan charging each individual 1000birr,

  2. If and only if it is true, then I could say well done. This is one step forward. I hope the rest will also arrest of the Sudan Authorities put pressure on smugglers and the Eritrean government which the responsible of this tragdy in Sinai. If the Eritrean government was forcing this people to leave their country, this people will not put their life in this situation.

    As Eritreans we should voice for the voice less people who under dictatorial regime. For simple reason, it is about human right. The Eritrea People paid 60000 marytors to get independence but we still denied our basic right. Issais and his small group and the people paying him are responsible for what happen for eritreans.

  3. Wedi Keren you mast be out you maind.Eritreans at time are fortunat they have free schools, clean water, good health care that is why i love the govenment

  4. Irresposible so called oppositions groups funded by the arch enemy of Eritrea are to blame.They are profiting and making deals by selling their ownbrothers and sisters. Sad.