[DISTRESSING IMAGES] African migrants dying in ‘hellish’ Saudi deportation centers

One teenager committed suicide hanging himself.

An inquiry by a British newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph, has disclosed the plight of hundreds of African migrants locked up in Saudi Arabia’s COVID-19 detention facilities under terrible conditions.

The investigation, published last week, disclosed photos taken by migrants on their mobile phones showing dozens of skinny men lying on the floor in multiple rows in small rooms with barred windows.


“It is hell in here. We are treated like animals and assaulted every day,” Abebe, an Ethiopian who has been held at one of the centers for more than four months, told The Sunday Telegraph.

Other migrants said they were abused using electric cords, with guards hurling racial abuse at them.

One teenager committed suicide hanging himself.


“Photos emerging from detention centers in Saudi Arabia show that the government there are subjecting the Horn of Africa migrants to squalid, crowded, and dehumanizing conditions with no regards for their dignity or safety,” Adam Coogle, deputy director of Human Rights Watch in the Middle East, was cited as saying by the newspaper.

“The squalid detention centers in Saudi Arabia fall well short of international standards. There is no excuse for holding refugees and migrants in such deplorable conditions for a wealthy country like Saudi Arabia.”


The newspaper was also able to geolocate two of the centers – one is in Al Shumaisi, near the holy city of Makkah, while the other is in Jazan, a port town near Yemen.

There are maintained to be others housing thousands of Ethiopians.

In March, the Saudi authorities deported nearly 3,000 Ethiopian migrant workers as it struggled to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.

A further 200,000 migrants were also bound for deportation. Yet, they were rounded up from various cities within the kingdom and left in squalid conditions in detention facilities.
Others are African refugees from war-ravaged Yemen.

“We’ve been left to die here,” one person said. “Everyone is sick here. Everyone has something.”


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  • These are our fellow human beings, their treatment is a stain on our humanity. This evil Saudi regime that spends billions on prostitutes, Alcohol and Luxury, cannot find it in their heart to treat these people as human beings.

  • @Digital_Pakistani, Kindly note that this is false. We at Siasat.pk value authentic journalism, and we are not involved in any propaganda. Have a good day.

  • This treatment is disgusting and totally unaccountable if it is true. Where is humen rights commission?

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