Somali refugee child detained in Egypy for six months
Feb 1, Cairo: Child rights activists have called on Egypt to immediately release a 17-year-old Somali refugee, who has been detained for nearly six months.
Youssef Mohamed Aden was who has been detained in Karmooz police station in Egypt since the 6th July 2015. A member of a small minority clan, he had fled home after his brother was killed by al-Shabab, an armed group linked to al-Qaeda.
According to the UN agency for children (UNICEF), at least 25 children among the 50 total documented refugees currently detained in Egypt.
Youssef was part of the Karmooz refugees group, but has not yet been resettled, and remains illegally detained in Karmooz police station.
The Center for Refugee Solidarity was able to talk to Youssef and document his case starting from his journey from Somalia until his detention in
Egypt. Furthermore, the Center was able to have access to Karmooz Detention and reveal the poor conditions in which Youssef and other African refugees are detained in.
Most of these minors are usually unaccompanied, coming from the Horn of Africa, while Syrian children are usually with parents.
After being picked up by Egyptian police, he was placed in the Karmooz detention centre in Alexandria, according to a new report by the Sweden-based Centre for Refugee Solidarity.
With no passport or identification documents to prove his nationality, Egyptian authorities have been unable to deport him.
Since his arrest, Aden has been subjected to several punitive measures, including having his cell phone confiscated, being threatened with deportation and not provided with legal counsel.
Egypt is host to an estimated 127,000 Syrian refugees, as well as some 50,000 African and Iraqi refugees, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).
Many refugees smuggled through Egypt are fleeing political violence in Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia, among other countries - risking their lives to make the perilous journey to seek asylum in Europe or Israel, media reports said.
The Oslo Times