October 6, 2013

Eritrean kids trafficked for body parts

The Free Lions, a former anti-government movement in Kassala State said that entities involved in human trafficking in eastern Sudan are violating human rights. Human trafficking and trade in human organs are some of the key human rights violations, the Free Lions said.

Various media have reported that human trafficking is occurring in eastern Sudan along areas bordering Eritrea. Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees as well as Sudanese are being targeted by the traffickers.
El-Fatih Mahmoud Awad, a communication officer for the Free Lions Movement spoke to Sudan Radio Service about the issue.

In fact the issue of human trafficking has become famous. The dangerous thing is that they smuggle small children between the ages of 11-14 from both genders with the aim of getting human organs,” he added.
He claimed that the criminal groups behind the practice have devices for preserving organs harvested from the victims.

 “They are taking the adults to the desert. They have fridges and doctors to harvest organs like kidneys, eye corneas and blood. This has become a booming trade,” he added. Awad appealed to the government to address the issue seriously.

Last week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed its concern about kidnappings and smuggling of Eritreans in eastern Sudan.

Source. SudanRadio.org

October 5, 2013

Work permits for 30,000 Eritrean refugees

Nearly 30,000 work permits will be granted to refugees in Sudan's Kassala state under an agreement with the UN refugee agency to improve the livelihoods of refugees and reduce their dependence on external assistance.
Thousands of Eritrean refugees live in large camps near Kassala city. 
The agreement between UNHCR and Sudan's Commission for Refugees (COR), Kassala State, and Kassala Ministry of Finance - last week after negotiations that began in late 2011 - is an unprecedented step for refugees in Sudan. Work permits are essential for refugees to legally work and have the same employee rights as Sudanese citizens.