Somalilandsun- Hafton’s story – Hafton Ekar, 23, made the journey from Ethiopia to Yemen with a group of friends. Their aim was to find work in Saudi Arabia to support their families but they were kidnapped shortly after being smuggled into Yemen.
Hafton’s father was told he needed to pay $300 to free his son but after the ransom was paid, Hafton was sold on to a ‘torture camp’.
The new gang wanted another $250 but there was no money left. Hafton was brutally tortured.
“They hurt me very badly. I can’t use the bathroom any more. I’m paralysed,” he said.
His friends carried him on their backs when they escaped. Hafton now lies on a mattress in the refugee centre in Haradh.