By STAFF WRITER JUNE 11, 2015
The Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), a non-profit refugee settlement organization based in the US, strongly condemned the abduction of Eritrean asylum-seekers in Eastern Sudan and called for their immediate release.
In a statement, President of ECDC, Tsehaye Teferra (Phd) expressed his deep concern about the safety of the abducted asylum-seekers and urged the government of Sudan to take immediate actions to rescue those innocent civilians.
According to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, the incident happened on Thursday, June 4, when an armed group in a pickup truck opened fire on a convoy that was transporting 49 Eritrean asylum-seekers from Wad Sharifey reception centre near Kassala to Shagarab refugee camp.
Fourteen asylum seekers were reportedly kidnapped, including seven unaccompanied children, five women and two men.
Dr. Tefera calls on the Government of Sudan to prioritize the safety and security of immigrants and bring to justice those responsible for the violence against them.
His organization states that anti-immigrant sentiments continue to grow across Africa, and that there is an urgent need to increase humanitarian aid to support refugees and immigrants who are fleeing war and persecution.
Established in 1983, the Ethiopian Community Development Council works in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide initial placement and support services to refugees being resettled in the United States.
With a special focus on African refugees, the organization also promotes cultural, educational and socio-economic development programs to assist refugees and immigrants in becoming productive members of their new homeland by strengthening their capacity and creating support systems that help them to succeed.