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Deported Ethiopian migrants tell of suffering in Saudi Arabia detention | Africa | DW


Abdela Mohammed spent 13 “unbearable” months languishing in an overcrowded Saudi detention center before being repatriated back to Ethiopia in May.

He was locked in a single cell with about 200 others, he said. The detainees slept on the bare floor and were barely fed enough to survive.

“There wasn’t enough food,” Abdela said of his time in the Shmeisi Detention Center, east of Jeddah. “We only ate breakfast and the rice we were given wasn’t even enough for a single mouthful.”

The detainees were also denied medical care, the 31-year-old said. 

“When we knocked on the doors to tell them someone was sick, they called us ‘dogs’ and told us to ‘let them die’,” Abdela recalled in an telephone interview from his hometown in Ethiopia’s southern region, where he has been living with his…



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