UNHCR concerned over kidnappings of asylum seekers in South Sudan
June 6, Geneva: The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has raised concerns over the abduction of Eritrean asylum-seekers in eastern Sudan and has urged the Sudanese Government to spare no effort in apprehending those responsible and bringing them to account.
According to UNHCR, an armed group opened fire on a convoy transporting Eritrean asylum-seekers in eastern Sudan on Thursday,and kidnapped 14 of them, including six boys and one girl, while, six asylum-seekers suffered from minor injuries when they jumped from the truck in an attempt to escape.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the incident occurred when an armed group in a pickup truck opened fire on a convoy organized by the Sudanese Commissioner for Refugees (COR), which was transporting 49 Eritrean asylum-seekers from Wad Sharifey reception center near Kassala to Shagarab refugee camp.
UNHCR trough a statement issued on Friday has stated that it is providing support to the survivors and is in contact with the Sudanese authorities, who are investigating the case.The refugee agency also stated that, “welcomes this investigation and has asked the Government that no effort be spared in apprehending those responsible and bringing them to account.”
Prior to this incident, there had been a reduction in kidnappings and trafficking in the east as a result of ongoing cooperation between UNHCR and the Government.
The Oslo Times