Muslim Somalis got kicked out of Saudi
MOGADISHU, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Thousands of Somalis have been expelled
from Saudi Arabia where they had lived for many years, Somali
Human Rights Centre director Ismail Jumale told reporters in Mogadishu
Jumale condemned Saudi Arabia for what he said was its
inhumane and degrading treatment of Somalis alleged to have contravened
the country's immigration laws.
Saudi Arabia last week began rounding up foreign nationals
who it said had ignored warnings to leave the country before a deadline
set for them to regularise their immigration status.
Some expelled Somalis have landed at Mogadishu, while others have reached
Berbera, on the Gulf of Aden. Many face long journeys to reach their home
areas, Jumale said.
Among those reaching Mogadishu are some schoolchildren who said they
were picked up in the streets of Jeddah while returning to their homes
there, and deported without being allowed to contact their parents, Jumale
He said there was no effective government in Somalia to handle them.
He called on the Arab League and other international organisations to help
Somalis now held in detention in Saudi Arabia, awaiting threatened
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