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Eritrea: Where is Ciham Ali?


21 year old Ciham Ali Ahmed hasn’t seen her family in 5 years. She’s been in detention in Eritrea since she was 15 years old.

Born in California, but raised in Eritrea, Ciham is a dual Eritrean and US national. In 2012 — aged just 15 — Ciham was arrested after attempting to cross from Eritrea into Sudan. Anyone caught crossing the border is usually imprisoned for approximately six months. But despite never being charged with any crime, Ciham has remained in detention for more than 5 years.

Ciham is in incommunicado detention — meaning her family hasn’t seen or heard from her in over five years. This is an enforced disappearance.

Outside of Eritrea, few people know about Ciham’s enforced disappearance. Global pressure could help free Ciham and reunite her with her family.

The US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Tibor Nagy, has emphasized the importance of addressing Eritrea’s human rights violations as a necessary change for progress. Your signature could help persuade him to take action.

Please sign this petition, urging Tibor Nagy to urgently inquire and intervene into Ciham Ali Ahmed’s enforced disappearance and to call on the Eritrean government to release her immediately and unconditionally.