The Free Lions, a former anti-government movement in Kassala State said that entities involved in human trafficking in eastern Sudan are violating human rights. Human trafficking and trade in human organs are some of the key human rights violations, the Free Lions said.
Various media have reported that human trafficking is occurring in eastern Sudan along areas bordering Eritrea. Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees as well as Sudanese are being targeted by the traffickers.
El-Fatih Mahmoud Awad, a communication officer for the Free Lions Movement spoke to Sudan Radio Service about the issue.
“In fact the issue of human trafficking has become famous. The dangerous thing is that they smuggle small children between the ages of 11-14 from both genders with the aim of getting human organs,” he added.
He claimed that the criminal groups behind the practice have devices for preserving organs harvested from the victims.
“They are taking the adults to the desert. They have fridges and doctors to harvest organs like kidneys, eye corneas and blood. This has become a booming trade,” he added. Awad appealed to the government to address the issue seriously.
Last week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed its concern about kidnappings and smuggling of Eritreans in eastern Sudan.