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High-ranking Eritrean officials orchestrate abduction of children

December 5, 2013

A fresh report presented before the European Commission has published first-hand testimonies of victims of human trafficking from Eritrea to the Sinai, pointing the finger directly at Eritrean high officials.

The mastermind behind the cross-border smuggling of people and weapons is a shadowy senior commander called General Teklai Kifle aka “Manjus”.

Cited in three UN Monitoring Group reports on Somalia and Eritrea (2011, 2012, 2013), Manjus earns at least $3.6 million per year in profits from smuggling weapons and ammunitions through Sudan to Egypt.

The final recipients of the weaponry – mainly old Russian Kalashnikovs, rocket grenades and ammunition – are believed to be Palestinians in the occupied territories and Islamist groups in the Sinai.

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