Published On: Sat, Apr 28th, 2012

couple caught as they tried to smuggle nine toddlers into the country

The Governor of Sahel Region of Mahamoud Saleeban Ramah confirmed that they are holding two suspected smugglers and nine toddlers believed to have been smuggled from Yemen.

Berbera Port Police revealed that they apprehended a couple when they failed to produce proper documents for the all nine toddlers in their care, the toddlers are believed to have been stolen from Yemen, said the Governor of Sahel region Mohamoud Ali Suleiman Ramah.

These nine toddlers are of ages between one to three years are believed to have been smuggled from their parents in UNHCR refugee camps in Yemen. The exact locations of the camps are not known.

The suspected human traffickers one man and a woman are believed to be of Oromo descend.

The Director of Sahel region Mr. Ramah speaking to the press, said the after interrogating the couple at the central station they gave contradicting accounts, at first the couple claimed that the children were theirs, but later said that some of the children aren’t theirs After an investigation by the police they revealed they had the consent of the children parents.

The Governor of sahel region said investigations are still going on and that we shall release full details of our investigation on a later date,he added that efforts to contact Yemeni authorities were underway.

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Reported by Goth Mohamed, Somalilandpress, Hargeisa

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  • nuux ahmed

    Smugglers of These somali toddlers from ethiopia as pointed out other major papers, toddlers were disten to ethiopia,put what ever The reason s/landpress not mentioning The identity of The smugglers.

  • osman5

    Somalilandpress should have the patience of waiting for some facts to be surfaced, or at least obtaining leadings so readers can draw their own conclusions.
    S/Lpress stories consistently leave me bewildered state because its reporters most of the time don’t fulfill the 5Ws principles of reporting. Feeding the public a half-assed report doesn’t always cut it..

    Osman Qaal

  • Mohamd

    It is shocking how such a couple could amass dozens of children and travel from Yemen on a boat destined for Somaliland port where all goods and people are subjected by customs. I hope they contact the correct organisations to help these children to go back to their parents.

  • amal

    somali kids everywhere, sad.

  • Abraham

    Are the kids Somali or Oromo? People should either write proper news articles or give up journalism ad do something else. As Osman said these so called news articles just leave us non the wiser.

    • fuad yusuf

      they are Oromo. they were smuggled from Sana'a. they were stolen.

  • Mohamd

    It was just translated into English from a source I saw somewhere cos it doesn't add anything new.

  • http://twitter.com/jibah2011 @jibah2011

    The Government of Somaliland should take the DNA of those children smuggled from Yemen and identify their race. There are a lot of Somali children that has been sold in the underground market of Europe and in the Americas.

  • http://twitter.com/jibah2011 @jibah2011

    The Government of Somaliland should take the DNA of those children smuggled from Yemen and identify their their race. There are a lot of Somali children that has been sold in the underground market of Europe and in the Americas.

  • Omer Hussein Dualeh

    Regardless of what raise they belong to, kids are kids and shall be treated as of our own. Smuggling people is a crime and needs to be confronted everywhere. They could be from Somali descent or Yameni, but what we need is to investigate if this is the first case or the port of Berbera was "Waddo Halaq", for this business.

    Those people who came from Ethiopia as a refugees have smuggled our own in our backyard, and many times. It could be continuing as we speak, but our law inforcement must be alert.

  • Gobaad

    Unscrupulous individuals traffic human beings in order to sell them to the highest bidder for body parts overseas. They have no regard for human being whether they are innocent kids or adults. All they care about is a quick get rich illegal activities on other people expense. Perhaps, these kids belong to the Somali refugees in Yemen and Somaliland government have to investigate and find out whom these kids belong to.

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