Arabic press review: Sudan’s sons recruited by UAE company as fighters

Sudanese protesters in front of the UAE embassy in Khartoum on Sunday (Twitter/@salma1siddig)

Sudanese protesters in front of the UAE embassy in Khartoum on Sunday (Twitter/@salma1siddig)

By Mohammad Ayesh, 27 January 2020, Middle East Eye

UAE company imports fighters from Sudan

A number of Sudanese families have held a protest in front of the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in the capital Khartoum. They are protesting what they say are contracts between an Emirati company and their sons to send them to fight in Yemen and Libya, according to the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper.

The protesters say a company is recruiting young Sudanese men as security guards for private companies in the UAE, but the men arrive there, they are surprised by the choices they are given: either fighting in Yemen or Libya.

Witnesses reported that dozens of Sudanese organised a protest in front of the UAE embassy on Sunday, and held banners reading: “No to mercenarism,” “No to charlatanism,” “No to deception,” according to the London-based newspaper.

A Sudanese family demanded the transitional government on Friday to intervene to return their son, who has been detained in a training camp for three months, from the UAE, after he and others were “deceived”, the report added.

Twitter users published samples of the contracts for security guard positions in the UAE.

A few days earlier, activists revealed the involvement of the Emirati company in recruiting about 3,000 Sudanese young men and turning them into mercenaries, according to Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

Source: Middle East Eye