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Accusations of Eritrea forcibly repatriating its citizens from Sudan

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The British newspaper The Guardian reported that Eritrea faces charges of forcibly returning its citizens from Sudan after they fled from Khartoum to the border area to escape the fighting.

More than 3,500 Eritreans have been forcibly deported to their country, according to an Eritrean human rights activist based in Khartoum who spoke to a British newspaper on condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety.

The smuggling of these Eritrean refugees took place from Kassala, Sudan, to Tasni, Eritrea, since the distance between the two cities does not exceed 90 kilometers.

When fighting broke out in Khartoum between the Sudanese army and paramilitary operational support forces in mid-April, two Eritrean brothers, Abdel and Dahlak (pseudonyms), said goodbye to each other in the Sudanese capital.

Dahlak Jr. had enough savings to flee from Khartoum to the refugee camps around Kassala, near the Eritrean border, by bus.

According to the human rights activist, Dahlak and other Eritreans who were on the bus were forcibly returned to their country after Eritrean security forces forced them to cross the country’s border.

Dahlak fled the Eritrean army and traveled to Sudan a year and a half ago, arriving in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, where he and thousands of other Eritrean troops were sent to fight alongside Ethiopian troops during the federal government’s war against the Tigray tribe. People’s Liberation Front.

According to the Guardian, approximately 126,000 Eritrean refugees had settled in Sudan prior to the outbreak of hostilities between the army and the Rapid Support Forces, of which about 75,000 reside in the capital Khartoum, where the fighting is concentrated.

After violence broke out in Khartoum, many Eritreans fled south, paying $410 for a one-way ticket to Wau, a city in northwestern South Sudan.

Those who could not afford food in Khartoum were forced to stay as violence raged around them.

Source: The Guardian

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