The Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced on Thursday it has returned home 13 nationals from Kenya earlier this week.
In a press statement, MoFA said the 13 Ethiopians who had been serving prison sentences in Kenya for illegal entry were returned home after bilateral negotiations between officials from both countries.
The statement further said the Ethiopian embassy in Nairobi facilitated the travel documents for the 13 Ethiopians whose documents had been confiscated by human traffickers who trafficked the migrants into Kenya.
In recent weeks the Ethiopian authorities have returned another 86 nationals who had been serving prison sentences in Kenya for illegal entry.
Every year hundreds of Ethiopians are detained in Kenya while trying to use Kenya as a transit point on their final destination, South Africa.
Human traffickers reportedly use various countries as transit points to smuggle Ethiopians to South Africa.
According to the Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, human traffickers charge an average of 3,500 to 4,000 U.S. dollars to smuggle a single individual from Ethiopia to South Africa. Enditem