Ethiopian workers 'beaten and robbed' by Saudi police
Publisher: Al Jazeera
Date Written: 28/12/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
A group of undocumented Ethiopians told The Associated Press news agency that after being captured by Saudi police officers they were subject to serious abuses, including beatings and filthy prison conditions as well as witnessing shootings during roundups.
The number of Ethiopians being smuggled into the kingdom has surged in recent years, with repeated droughts in Africa's second most populous country leaving 8.5 million people in need of food aid.
According to the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat, more than 111,500 refugees and migrants crossed into war-ravaged Yemen last year, in the hope of using it as a transit point to enter the kingdom.
The route is popular because it is cheaper than others, but migrants often fall victim to abuse.
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