5 Ethiopians died of suffocation in a Saudi Arabia jail


JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA — The Supervisor General of the National Society for Human Rights in Jazan, Ahmad Al-Bahkali, said the health conditions of many inmates in the main deportation center in Jazan was poor.

Five Ethiopian detainees died of suffocation in the center last week due to overcrowding. Hygienic conditions have deteriorated as well.

“The disease-breeding situation in the center persists,” Al-Bahkali told Arab News on Saturday by telephone. “The situation in the detention center should be reviewed. Basically the facility was meant for the detention of illegal foreigners for a limited number of days before their deportation to their native countries. But now many inmates who entered the country illegally have to stay in the center for longer periods because of various reasons.”

Director General of Health Affairs in Jazan Muhsen Tubaiki said on Saturday that a detailed report on the health situation in the deportation center was submitted to Jazan Gov. Prince Muhammad bin Nasser.

He added that 21 sick inmates were taken to various hospitals. A medical team under him visited the jail and set up a small medical center in the jail on Friday.

“Out of the 21 sick inmates sent to hospital, seven were discharged after treatment while 13 cases are still in the Jazan General Hospital and another one at King Fahd Central. We are also making more efforts to make regular medical checkups of the inmates in collaboration with the immigration authorities in Jazan,” the official said.

The deportation center receives a number of over-stayers each day, mostly Yemenis and Ethiopians.

19 thoughts on “5 Ethiopians died of suffocation in a Saudi Arabia jail

  1. Jegnaw Ethiopiawe on

    I hope this Saudis people should remember in time of there need before the oil boom and during NEBI Mohamed time Ethiopia was there to help, is this what Ethiopians deserve in Saudi in time of our need? remember that.

  2. LIB ARGU on

    May God put his mercy on those poor ethiopians. Bro. Elias just post this sad news, as usual I am expecting Hate messeges will surface here. LIB ARGU PLS

  3. Assta B. Gettu on

    How deep I feel sorry about these Ethiopians who died in Saudi Arabia, and how much I would like to write abut the Saudis, but ER does not allow me to say anything negative about Muslims, so I have to swallow up my frustration and be silent.

  4. One day on

    i do not know how many helpless people have to die. I have no words to say to these people how cruel they are. but one thing i know is each of the will be questioned by wahtever god they believe in. RIP for those who are victims.

  5. Jegnaw Ethiopiawe on

    #4brother Mohammed
    I hope u dont mind a christian to call u brother.
    please explain the difference between arab and Islam.

  6. Selamawi on

    Brother Assta B.Gettu
    Its good to have you back and I believe you should feel free to comment on the foolish Arabs and how they treat blacks with disdain so long as you have a valid point to share with.

    Brother Assta,
    I believe you do and we look forward to share your analysis.I don’t think ER has a problem so long as it isn’t faith related.

  7. Tesfaye Haile on

    What a sad news. Ethiopians are being massacred in and outside of the country. May the dead rest in peace.

  8. ethiogirl on

    Dear Jegnaw Ethiopiawe,

    I think mohammed has a point there is a big difference… just because Saudi is a completely muslim nation we always tend to link what they do as a nation and citizen with their religion but that is an unfortunate misconception.. Saudi.. is a nation of old Monarchy which oppereses their own people in the name of religion and the Quran..you can simply compare the strict rules between saudi and other equally muslim nations.. like women can’t even drive a car in Saudi.. so these people are known to be racist and heartless to the great number of the working class immigrants… they do these cruelties even to those who are muslim. i think their suddenly found wealth… is blinding them from their religion and humanity!!!!!
    and like you said on your first comment… i wish they read their Quran and Haddis more carefully as it mentions in many places to respect those who got the scriptures before them.. and also to treat Ethiopians nice… just to strengthen my point i met a lot of Iranians and other muslims from non-Arab countries.. and their outlook is completely different from what i experienced from Arabs…so I say their ignorance to wards humanity in general.. and people who work for them specifically is not due to religion but due to their culture.

  9. Jegnaw Ethiopiawe on

    thanks for taking your time to explain about the Saudis there religion,culture and ignorance in comparison from other Islamic country.

  10. The reason why we rarely hear if at all about the plight of foreign laborers in Lebanon, the Gulf and Saudi Arabia – Middle Eastern countries – is because more and more of the major news organization in the West are being controlled by the Arabs. Ethiopians, Filipinos and millions from Asia suffer untold abuses in the hands of the Barbarians. Ten years from now, due
    to indignation caused by the Arabs’ control of the media, the brave and bright will quit going into the journalism profession altogether.

    The Saudi Prince, The Mosque And Fox News

  11. Assta B. Gettu on

    Dear Selamawi #7,

    Thank you for inviting me to express my own opinion about the Saudi Arab Muslims: The Saudi Islamic Kingdom is run by the Saudi Wahabbi, and what the Wahabbi say – kill or pardon that person – their order must be carried out by the Saudi police force. The Saudis hate black people, and they call them takruni; the word takruni seems like the Amharic word tikur, which means black. To the Arabs black people are inferiors so the deaths of these five Ethiopians are, according to the Saudi Arabs, like the deaths of dogs. The deaths of camels have more respect than the deaths of black people. Gaddafi of Libya in his recent visit to Italy calls black Africans barbarians.

    Please read the following article if you want to understand who the Wahabbi are and what they do and how they protect the Saudi Kingdom.

    Unless you are an Arab, or someone who speaks Arabic very well and have lived in Saudi Arabia for a while, you might not be aware of the following facts and practices from Saudi Arabia and Wahabi communities across the globe.
    The majority of expatriates who live in Saudi Arabia, some of them for years, do not speak Arabic, have hardly any contact with the local population, and consequently know very little about what is really going on in Saudi Arabia.
    Foreign reporters who want to report from Saudi Arabia are carefully selected. Friendly reporters are preferred. After they arrive in Saudi Arabia, they are accompanied by Saudi officials from the Ministry of Information. These reporters are shown what the Saudis want them to see.
    First of all, Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam does not have a codified criminal law, and modern courts do not exist. Usually it is a cleric or the police which pass verdicts against criminals. Besides, the King and his clan are the law. They rule whimsically, supported by Wahabism, a stone-age Islamic version of Islam.
    The daily Al Madeena reports on Jan. 8, 2009, “The head of Najran’s city council (unelected) issued the following verdicts: A man who beat his wife until she died receives one and a half year prison sentence and 200 flogs. Two young men who stole a sheep receive a sentence of three years and 2000 flogs.”
    A Saudi practicing Muslim does not shake hands with a woman. Touching her hand stirs his sexual lust and that is haram (sinful).
    Also a Saudi practicing Muslim never uses his left hand to eat, drink, or give somebody something with it. It is unhygienic. He uses it to wash his buttocks after defecating.
    Women in Saudi Arabia, must veil themselves from head to toe in public. Also, a woman must be accompanied by a close relative in public, otherwise she is branded as a prostitute, and very often is snapped by the Mutawas (Morality police) and detained. Saudi women are forced to wear a niqab (face veil).
    Further, a Saudi woman is not allowed to perform any public transaction; economic, financial, or administrative without the approval of a male relative, husband, father, or brother.
    The Saudi Sheikh Saleh Al-Lehadan, head of the Supreme Judiciary Council, told Al Watan daily, (Dec. 2, 2008) “Women who are raped by men are themselves to blame. They provoke men by the way they dress or walk.”
    Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where men can marry several women or divorce them in their absence. All a man needs to marry a woman is two witnesses of his choice. To divorce a woman, he simply needs to go to the highest religious authority in his district. For more details, check out the book “Karin in Saudi Arabia”.
    Almost every Saudi household has got at least one maid from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and India. The majority of them are cheap labor and are often abused sexually by their male employers. They are forced to work for 24 hours, seven days a week for meager $ 60-70 a month. Many of them never see any money for years. After that, or after getting pregnant they are deported to their home countries.
    Prince Salman, the Governor of Riyadh tells Al Madeena daily (Nov. 20, 2008), “It is a minority that abuse housemaids.” This, however, contradicts the latest report of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland, (2008), which says that over 80% of Saudi families abuse maids and treat them like slaves.
    Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that teaches hatred, violence, and bigotry against non-Muslims at its schools. School textbooks are filed with texts that are politically and socially incorrect. Even mathematics books teach these things. Here is a Saudi school quiz: 19 Muslims kill 2,979 infidels (with reference to 9/11). How many each one of them killed? “Saudi Textbooks Incite to Hatred and Violence”.
    The same books are printed and funded by Saudis for schools in Pakistan, Indonesia, and madrassas in Deoband in India and elsewhere.
    Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that does not allow followers of other faiths to have their own temples. Even wearing the Christian cross in a necklace is forbidden. Its owner may be charged with proselytizing and could face flogging or deportation. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia has funded the erection of mosques all over the world, and spends billion of dollars on Islamic centers across the world.
    For example, King Fahd Academy which was funded and opened in Bonn, Germany in 1995 and cost $ 20 million was recently closed because it was teaching violence and hatred by staff from Saudi Arabia. However, the “House of Islam” near Frankfurt, which is also funded by the Saudis, is still teaching a Saudi curriculum.
    Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that obliges non-Muslim women who marry a Muslim man to first convert to Islam. Muslim women are not allowed at all to marry a non-Muslim, unless he also converts to Islam.
    Where on earth would the police prevent rescuing school girls who were caught in fire because they are not covered from head to toe? In Mecca, July 2002, the Saudi morality police blocked rescuing girls whose school was in flames. And why? The girls would have been photographed with their heads uncovered.
    Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that enforces gender apartheid in all walks of life.
    The Saudi TV teaches children to hate the Jews. On a program for children (Oct. 12, 2008), the presenter of the program asked a sever-year old girl if she hates the Jews. The girl, veiled from head to toe, said, “Yes, I do.” And “Why?” The girl said, “Because the Jews fought our prophet Muhammad. Even Allah hates them.”
    Interests on money are also haram in Islam. It is riba (usury). To bypass this, the so-called Islamic banks use the word murabaha (shared profit). In practice, it is the same as ordinary interests, but it is packed in an Islamic harmless term. “Conservative Muslims and Die Hard Socialists Feel Vindicated by the International Financial Crisis”
    Saudi Arabia has the highest military expenditures in the Middle East. According to United States‘ Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook, Saudi Arabia spent $ 31,050,000,000 on arms purchase in 2008. Israel, the mightiest military power in the Middle East, on the other hand, spent $ 13,300,000,000.
    Luckily, Saudi Arabia does not use its military arsenal to fight Israel, not because it does not want to do so, it is because it does not have qualified manpower to do so. Military experts believe, the weapons remain unpacked und rust in the desert. With its generous military purchases, the Saudi regime pleases the arms industry in the West, which in return it rallies support for the Saudi regime among influential politicians in the West.
    As a corruption case was disclosed, related to an arms deal (of $ 20 billion) for Saudi Arabia in which Bandar, the son of the Saudi Crown Prince Sultan was implicated, Tony Blair did everything possible to cover up the case, namely, “for national interests”. Check out BBC for more details.
    Saudi Fatwas (religious edicts):
    Ali Al Khudhair, a Saudi Imam in Riyadh approved in a Friday preach on (April 4, 2008) of telling lies if that helps advancing Islam.
    The imam of Mecca, Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais said in a preach on Jun 6, 2008, “Perfume is forbidden in Islam. Neither men nor women should use it. Perfume attracts the devil that makes you commit sins.”
    Abullah Al Najdi, another Saudi imam, told Al Riyadh daily, (July 14, 2008), “Football is haram, in Islam. It is an infidels’ fad. Fighting for a ball and later celebrate a victory is senseless.”
    According to the religious establishment in Saudi Arabia, the voice of a woman is also a sexual organ. She is not allowed to talk directly to non-relative males. Therefore, when a woman calls the Saudi radio to take part in a talk show, she is not dialogued by a man, but by a woman.
    Sheikh Saleh Al-Lehadan also promulgated that “learning a language other than Arabic, the language of the holy Koran, is un-Islamic. It is an insult to our religion. It is obvious that those children who learn English, for example, grow up liking non-Muslims, and this is a grave mistake. You know that we should minimize our contacts with non-Muslims to the lowest limit possible. That is what our Prophet, peace be upon him, and the holy Koran teach us.”
    Sheikh Saleh Al Fozan, another Saudi influential cleric has said on different occasions that it is haram for a Muslim to visit an infidel country, for any reason. “These countries are decadent and filled with devils which seduce men and women.” He said on Saudi TV (June 6, 2008).
    At any rate, some Saudi families spend their vacations in Arab countries like Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Syria, especially in the summer fleeing the heat of their country. Women usually go shopping, and men sit down in cafes and gaze at women. Interest in culture does not exist.
    The majority of Saudi men who travel to the West spend most of their time and money on chasing prostitutes.
    According to the majority of Saudi clerics, music, dancing, and poetry are haram. The only book Muslims must read is the Koran. And the only “music” they must listen to is recitations of the Koran.
    A hatred-inciting education system and lack of contact with the secular world in terms of books and culture have generated a fanatic population. The majority of Saudi dissidents are more fanatic than the Al Saud regime. There are very few secular Saudi dissidents, like Ali Alyami, Ali Al Ahemd, and Mai Al Yamani.
    Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that applies the Shrai’a law; – a combination of Koran and Hadeeth – as long as it suits the regime. It must be stressed here that the Shari’a law is a repressive, hate- and violence-inciting, and discriminatory doctrine.
    All that being said, we should not wonder that 15 of the 9/11 terrorists were Saudis.
    To add insult to injury, the Saudi regime calls for interfaith dialogues with Christian and Jewish leaders. Check out: “Saudis Call for Interfaith Dialogue is Hypocritical.”
    Sadly, and despite all the above and because of oil and Saudi Arabia’s geo-political significance during the Cold War and thereafter, the West has supported this country and still supports it.
    While the West does not miss any opportunity to blast the abysmal human rights records of China, Russia, North Korea, and Zimbabwe, it ignores the atrocious human rights record of Saudi Arabia.
    If Saudi Arabia did no have so much oil, the world community would perhaps ignore it like it ignores Somalia. But the regime in Riyadh cannot be ignored. It is filthy rich and dangerous. The Al Saud clan, for decades now, has funded and is still funding Islamic fanaticism across the globe.
    The war on terror does not make sense in its present state and will remain futile unless the West combats the root causes of terrorism, namely, Saudi Arabia. The West is fighting a shadow. —Dr. Sami Alrabaa, an ex-Muslim, is a professor of Sociology and an Arab-Muslim culture specialist. Before moving to Germany he taught at Kuwait University, King Saud University, and Michigan State University. He also contributes to the Jerusalem Post. Dr. Alrabaa is the author of Karin in Saudi Araba: Living Under Shari’a.

  12. Jegnaw Ethiopiawe on

    Asta B gettu
    a very Good article and a sound judgement
    keep it up(use honey not vinegar) u know what i mean bro

  13. Not so trivial facts:

    1. If it were not for Christian Amharas in Ethiopia, with the help of Eritreans and hard line Oromos, Ferenjis and Arabs/Turkeys/Muslims would have ruled what is now Ethiopia forever and ever.

    2. The Saudis made about 750+ billion dollars two years ago when a gallon of gas was around $4.00 in the U.S.

    The Oil Kingdom

  14. ethiogirl on

    Dear Assta B. Gettu @ #12,

    I cannot thank you more, it says it all!!!! i now only wish something… all their ignorance.. biggotory and inhumanity will go down with them.. when they drain and finish their oil reserve which i read somewhere is not long before that happens, or when the world comes up with an alternative source of energy.. cause as you mentioned they are not educated and don’t even know how to operate most of their oil industries.. they have western expats todo that. so i am hoping for that day… no doubt..they will go back to hearding their camels in the desert!

  15. Selamawi on

    Brother Assta B.Getu,
    I had no idea that these evil were treating their fello moslems (probably non Arabs)with disdain and inhumanely.
    I agree with ethiogirl that we can’t wait to see the day their wells dried up and flock to Mama Africa.It has been reported that the cursed oil wells will dry up in 20-30 years.
    But you Assta B.Getu,
    May God bless you and thanks for the excellent insight.Its informative and educational.
    You teach us and we will learn.

  16. Jegnaw Ethiopiawe on

    tt7 #14
    i dont get Ur point on the 1st paragraf.
    can u elaborate pleas. thanks.

  17. Jegnaw E.

    Thanks for catching the ambiguous paragraph.

    What I meant to say was, and frankness with point of view is appreciated, had it not been for the faithful, principled and tenacious Christian Ethiopians (mainly Christian Amharas), the Ferenjis, the cruel Turks (who made homosexuals out of the Greeks, Bulgarians and so many others) and the barbaric and otherworldly Saudis (just to name few who have had history with us) would have ruled Ethiopia alternately and permanently with the help of inside enemies such as the Eritreans, hard line Oromos and other bandas, who, during the Italian invasion for example, hand-led the fascists into the innards of the country.

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