Five Eritrean football players disappear in Uganda – official

KAMPALA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Ugandan security forces are hunting for five Eritreans who disappeared from a hotel in Uganda where their team was playing in a soccer tournament, a Ugandan official said on Thursday.

The missing players could be planning to seek asylum, which some Eritrean sports players have done in the past while traveling abroad. Tens of thousands of Eritreans flee their small Horn of Africa country every year, citing political repression and lengthy military conscription.

Officials from the U.N. refugee agency in Uganda and the prime minister’s office told Reuters they had not received asylum requests from the five players.

The five men disappeared from their hotel in the eastern town of Jinja on Sunday after playing a match in the quarter finals of a three-week regional tournament.

“The search is going on, we notified security, they are trying to trace them,” Rogers Mulindwa, spokesman for Council of East and Central Africa Football Association, which organised the tournament, told Reuters.

Mulindwa said they had intensified security measures around the 13 remaining Eritrean team members to prevent more players from disappearing.

In 2012, 14 members of the Eritrea soccer squad disappeared while playing in the same tournament in Uganda. The U.N. refugee agency, the UNHCR, said it did not have an immediate answer on whether those players had applied for asylum in Uganda or moved to another country.

The United Nations says Eritrea is the world’s ninth largest source of refugees, with at least 507,300 refugees registered at the end of 2018.

In August, international rights group Human Rights Watch said Eritrea was still forcing thousands of students and teachers into indefinite national service, frustrating hopes that last year’s peace deal with former archenemy Ethiopia might lead to scaled back conscription. (Reporting by Elias Biryabarema Editing by Katharine Houreld and Frances Kerry)


ኡጋንዳ፣ ሓሙሽተ ተጻወቲ ኩዕሶ እግሪ ኤርትራ ዑቕባ ንምሕታት ሃዲሞም

Radio Erena: 02 October 2019

ኣብ ኡጋንዳ ኣብ ዝካየድ ዘሎ ግጥማት ሴካፋ ትሕቲ 20 ዓመት እትሳተፍ ዘላ ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ኤርትራ፣ ሓሙሽተ ካብ ተጻወታ ዑቕባ ንምሕታት ከምዝተሰወሩ ሓንቲ ካብ ዓበይቲ ማዕከናት ዜና እታ ሃገር ደይሊ ሞኒተር ገሊጻ።

እቶም ኣብ ጂንጃ ካብ ዝርከብ ሆቴል ከምዝተሰወሩ ዝግለጹ ዘለዉ ሓሙሽተ ተጻወቲ ሄርሞን ፍስሃየ ዮሃንስ፣ መዋእል ተስፋይ ዮሴፍ፣ ስምኦን ኣስመላሽ መኮነን፣ ደይበን ግብጻዊ ህንጻኣብን ቀዳማይ ተሰላፊ ሓለው ልዳት ናይታ ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ግርማይ ሃኒባል’ዮም።

ኣቦ መንበር ኣዳላዊት ኮሚተ ግጥማት ሴካፋ ትሕቲ 20 ዓመት፣ ኣይማብል ሃሚባና፣ ሓሙሽተ ተጻወቲ ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ኤርትራ፣ ብሰሉስ 01 ጥቅምቲ ካብ ሆቴሎም ከምዝተሰወሩ ብምርግጋጽ ፣ ካልኦት’ውን ኣሰሮም ከይስዕቡ ሓለዋ ይካየድ ከምዘሎ ሓቢሩ።

ኣሰልጣኒ ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ኤርትራ ኣለምሰገድ ተስፋይ፣ ብዛዕባ ህድማ ተጻወቲ ተሓቲቱ ንደይሊ ሞኒተር ኣብ ዝሃቦ መልሲ፣ ገለ ካብ ተጻወቲ ብሕማም ከምዝተረፉ’ዩ ገሊጹ።

እዞም ተጻወቲ ከምዝተሰወሩ ዝግለጽ ዘሎ፣ ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ኤርትራ፣ ምስ ኬንያ ናይ ፍርቂ ፍጻሜ ወሳኒ ግጥም ንምክያድ ኣብ እትቀራረበሉ ዝነበረት እዋን’ዩ።

ብቀጻሊ ዓወታት ክትምርሽ ዝጸንሐት ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ኤርትራ፣ ሓሙሽተ ተጻወታ ድሕሪ ምስዋሮም ሎሚ ረቡዕ 02 ጥቅምቲ ምስ ኬንያ ክትገጥም’ያ።

ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ኤርትራ ትሕቲ 20 ዓመት፣ ምስ ጅቡቲ ኣብ ዘካየደቶ ናይ መጻረዩ ግጥም፣ 7 ብ 0 ብምስዓር ሃገራዊ ክብረ ወሰን ዝሓዘት’ያ።

ኣብ 2012፣ 18 ኣባላት ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ኩዕሶ እግሪ ኤርትራ ኣብ ኡጋንዳ ከምዝተረፉ ይዝከር።

ኣብ 2015 ኣብ ቦስስዋና ድሕሪ ዘጋጠመ ህድማ ልዕሊ ፍርቂ ካብ ኣባላት ሃገራዊት ጋንታ ኤርትራ ድማ፣ ንኣርባዕተ ዓመታት ዞባዊ ይኹን ኣህጉራዊ ግጥማት ደው ኢሉ’ዩ ጸኒሑ።


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