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Human trafficking in the Sinai

For years with the knowledge, and some suspect the consent, of the Egyptian government, human trafficking has been going on in the north-eastern part of the Sinai with Bedouins from the Rashaida tribe holding human refugees hostage, demanding unbelievable sums of money for their release.

The hostages, mainly from Eritrea but also from Ethiopia and Sudan, are often kidnapped in South Sinai after fleeing their violent countries; some kidnapped even from the UNHCR refugee camps in the region, then transported to the Sinai where they are held in underground locations or buildings housing up to 100 people. They are subjected to unspeakable torture as the kidnappers try to press ransom money from the hostages’ relatives. For this purpose the kidnappers hand cell phones to the hostages and force them to call their relatives at home or overseas, begging for enormous sums of money that can reach $50,000 per person.

(Daily news Egypt)

 

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Human trafficking in Egypt's Sinai

Human trafficking in Egypt's Sinai | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Every year thousands of people make the treacherous journey from Eritrea to Egypt. Many of them fall victim to unscrupulous people traffickers, who kidnap them and demand ransom money from their families, writes the BBC's Mike Thomson.

 

Lamlam, 17, is one of thousands of people who make the treacherous journey from Eritrea to Egypt each year. Many fall victim to unscrupulous people traffickers, who kidnap them and demand ransom money from their families.

"The kidnappers would make me lie on my back and then they would get me to ring my family to ask them to pay the ransom they wanted," she says, lifting up the back of her shirt to expose a rash of deep scars.

"As soon as one of my parents answered the phone, the men would melt flaming plastic over my back and inner thighs and I would scream and scream in pain.

"This, they hoped, would put extra pressure on my mother and father to find the money."

A man standing next to her gently places a hand on her shoulder as she finishes speaking.

Zere, his faced swathed in a red and white scarf, was one of those kept with her in a windowless basement room for almost a year.

"They had about four of five of us tied up together and they would pour water on the floor and then electrocute the water so that all of us would get electrocuted at the same time," he says.

"They would starve us, they would burn us and they would not let us sleep." (...)

 

More on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21670929

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