ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Forty-seven Ethiopians that had been imprisoned in
Mozambique for illegal entry arrived in Ethiopia’s
capital Addis Ababa on Thursday.
Seven other Ethiopians
are also expected to arrive later on Thursday, according
to a statement issued by the Ethiopia Ministry of
The 54 men were en
route to South Africa with the help of traffickers
before they were detained in Mozambique for illegal
entry, the ministry said.
The 54 individuals, who
were released after a series of discussions between the
Ethiopian embassy in South Africa and the government of
Mozambique, are repatriated in partnership between the
International Organization for Migration and the
Ethiopian government, the statement said.
The ministry had
previously announced the repatriation of close to 150
Ethiopians in another southern African country, Zambia.
Despite a growing
economy and public awareness campaigns on the dangers of
human trafficking by the Ethiopian government, it is
estimated that thousands of Ethiopians are trafficked to
South Africa annually, where they are mainly engaged in
the informal economy.
Ethiopia is also
coordinating the repatriation of its nationals from
Libya, where they are subjected to various challenges
that include slavery.
have recently arrived to Addis Ababa as part of the
first round of the Ethiopian government’s effort to
repatriate its citizens from the north African country.