Lookers-on in Switzerland were bowled over when an Eritrean migrant got out of a travelling bag on a train.
The migrant disguised himself as his friend’s luggage by squeezing himself into the suitcase to get on board a train from Italy to Switzerland.
Sure enough, the Eritrean migrant – who is allegedly in his 20s and is six feet tall – became heavily uncomfortable in his compressed position inside the suitcase.
And as they journeyed on, the Eritrean migrant echoed a series of painful wails that drew the other passengers’ attention to the moans coming from the bag.
He obviously could no longer endure the pains on his limbs and the other Eritrean migrant who had pretended to be the owner of the luggage was not seen anywhere close.
Passengers worried but curious about the content of the luggage. They alerted the police authorities, who carried the suitcase off the train at a stop in the Swiss town of Chiasso. At the station, officers and other bystanders were hit like a ton of bricks seeing a human hand stick out of the suitcase.
The migrant scrabble to open the bag’s zip before the policemen assisted him. He then reached an arm out of the box and pushed his head free. Police arrested him before searching for his friend and accomplice.
Speaking to the Sun, a Swiss police spokesperson said they received a tip-off from the Italian police that two Eritrean migrants were attempting to cross the Italian-Swiss border.
“The information was that one man was hidden in a suitcase and another man was travelling with him. The suitcase was pointed out to us and the man found inside. He was in his 20s and we found his friend hiding in a toilet on the train.”
The two men had no valid travel documents when they were caught. They were trying to enter into Switzerland, move to northern Europe, and finally to Britain. They have both been sent back to Italy.
Eritrea has the second-biggest group of refugees in Europe. The country in the Horn of Africa, is not in the grip of war or famine. Still around 5,000 Eritreans flee every month.
Many of them claim they are running away from a repressive regime that has instituted forced conscription into national service and shows little regard for the Constitution or the rule of law.
As a point of fact, indefinite national service is one of the main drivers, according to the report. Everyone from the age of 17 can be conscripted into the military, and it continues for years. Some conscripts have served for more than 20 years.
UN investigators say “slavery-like practices” are widespread, with conscripts subjected to hard labour, with poor food, bad hygiene and wretched pay.
UN also said that the Government of Eritrea is responsible for systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations that have created a climate of fear in which dissent is stifled, a large proportion of the population is subjected to forced labour and imprisonment, and hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled the country.
Many Eritrean immigrants make their way to Europe by sea aboard overcrowded ferry boats; they often face the risk of exploitation from unscrupulous people smugglers, serious health hazards, and even death in the course of their voyage.