MOGADISHU, 8 December 2009 (Somalilandpress) – Twenty four Somali nationals who are jailed in Mozambique (for being illegally in the country), have expressed concern over hardship they are facing in the prison.

They said they do not get enough food to make them survive in the prison, adding that they are also tortured frequently. The prisoners added that they have also been denied to perform their prayers.

Feysal Hashi Muhammad, who is among the prisoners, said that he was captured while heading for a refugee camp in Mozambique. He said the human traffickers who facilitated their trip did not take them directly to the camp, but instead they handed them (the Somali illegal immigrants) to the police.

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Among those facing the hardship in Mozambique are children, who because of Somalia conflict decided to join the Somali illegal immigrants travelling to Mozambique.

The concern of these Somalis comes as many other Somali refugees remain in the jails of Mozambique. Most of the Somali immigrants were arrested while heading for South Africa.

By Abdinasir Mohamed