ASMARA, June 26, 2012 (CISA) –Eritrean refugees in Israel and other countries in the Horn of Africa are facing hostility and forceful return to their oppressive regime, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has said.
According to the Christian organisation, Eritrean refugees face almost certain imprisonment and mistreatment if returned to their own country.
“There has been a sort of rising anger at the presence of increasing numbers of refugees particularly from Sudan and Eritrea in Israel,” says Dr Khataza Gondwe, CSW Team Leader for Africa and the Middle East.
Dr Gondwe said that for Eritreans, “the thought that they have fled an oppressive regime, and then to reach Israel only to be returned to the oppressive regime is quite an awful thought.”
According to Vatican Radio, Dr Gondwe adds that NGO’s have been trying to help meet the needs of refugees both psychologically and materially.
In recent times, since Eritrea’s independence in 1993, President Isaias Afewerki has come under heavy criticism from international bodies such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch for its record on human rights violations.
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