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Sudan warns of unspecified measures over mistreatment of citizens in Egypt


November 15, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – The chairman of the Foreign Relations subcommittee in the Sudanese parliament Mohamed Mustafa al-Daw said that Khartoum is awaiting clarifications from Egyptian authorities about the alleged mistreatment of its nationals in Cairo recently by police and security forces. There were frequent complaints by Sudanese travelers who arrived from Cairo who claimed that they were subjected to street stops by police and even saw their money seized in the process. The Consul General of Sudan in Cairo Khalid al-Sheikh said that they submitted a memo to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry inquiring about the recent surge of harassment of Sudanese citizens.

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Exodus from Eritrea after independence dream became a nightmare

Francesco Zizola / NOOR

Some 5,000 Eritreans flee each month from regime of national hero-turned-dictatorditors note: This is the first in a two-part series. Part 2 details the horrors of Eritrean refugees' journey to Europe. LONDON — In the brutal misery driving an exodus of Eritreans to Europe, Feruz Werede sees both a national tragedy and a very personal betrayal. Werede’s parents belonged to a guerrilla movement that spent 30 years fighting for Eritrean independence from Ethiopia, finally defeating one of Africa’s strongest armies in 1993 and propelling charismatic rebel leader Isaias Afwerki to power.

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Meet Isaias Afwerki, the man they call Africa’s Kim Jong Un

Isayas afewerki

Following its de jure independence in May 1993, Eritrea has been ruled by one man (and one party), Afwerki, its first ‘elected’ head of state In hindsight, I should have known. On Monday, I called the Eritrean embassy in New Delhi, located in the Vasant Vihar neighbourhood, to find out if I could meet the Eritrean leader, the man they call Africa’s Kim Jong-un (or any other member of North Korea’s Kim dynasty). The response from the person at the other end was interesting. “We don’t know where he is. No one knows where he is. It is not possible to meet him. He is in India on a private visit,” she said. Except that the Eritrean leader, Isaias Afwerki, is not on a private visit. He is one of the participants in the India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) that starts in New Delhi on Thursday.

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