Somali government issues statement on mass arrests of its nationals in Zambia

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The Somali government says it is deeply concerned about the mass arrests of Somalis in Zambia.

“The Foreign Ministry is closely monitoring alleged reports of mass arrests of Somalis in Ndola, Zambia, based on their ethnicity, irrespective of nationality, is a cause of concern and presently engaging authorities in Zambia for clarity & resolving this unfortunate event expeditiously” the statement said from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“It is a matter of concern and it is currently working to find evidence from the Zambian government and resolve this issue as soon as possible.”

The statement from the government comes as dozens of Somalis have been arrested in Ndola, Zambia, in recent days for no apparent reason, after being targeted by police for their ethnicity.

Ndola, on Zambia’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, is home to many Somali families, most of whom own businesses in the area and are law abiding citizens with no track record of any criminal activity.



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