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(BosNewsLife) – A major Christian human rights watchdog has “applauded” two Eritrean brothers for walking from Geneva to Vatican City to highlight alleged human rights abuses in Eritrea where tens of thousands of people, including Christians, are reportedly detained without a proper trial. Tekle and Samuel Gebregiorgis, both in their 40’s, set off from the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, June 15, after holding meetings with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and representatives of the Swiss government, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) said. The brothers, who are Orthodox Christians, were reportedly seen off for the 1,200 kilometer trip (about 688 miles) by a representative of the Vatican and were accompanied by several solidarity walkers for the first ten kilometers of their journey. They hope to reach the offices of Pope Benedict XVI within the next 20 days with what they call a “peace march for Eritrea . It is sad that after 30 years of war and 12 years of peace the situation in Eritrea is worse than ever before,” said Tekle Gebregiorgis in a statement released by CSW.