Why Jordan Is Deporting Darfurian Refugees

Report from Amman

A Sudanese girl stands in front of a sit-in at the UNHCR office in Amman, Jordan. Isidro Serrano Selva

Early in the morning of December 16, Jordanian police rounded up around 950 Sudanese refugees living in Amman. Their hands were bound, and they were forced into buses, which shuttled them off to an empty military warehouse. For the past month, these Sudanese men, women, and children had been camping out in protest in front of the Jordan office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. At issue was the fact that, a year ago, the UNHCR had deprioritized their resettlement cases (in favor of processing Iraqi and Syrian refugee cases), and many of them had been evicted from their homes and were broke and sick.

That night at the warehouse, the detainees began chanting for their human rights, and Jordanian authorities, in coordination with Sudanese embassy officials, responded with beatings, tear gas, and live bullets. Detainees were wounded and injured, mothers and children became severely sick from the tear gas,

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