Saturday, March 30, 2013

Human Trafficking in Sinai

The Sinai Peninsula, which connects Egypt and Israel, has become a place of suffering and death for thousands of refugees from sub-Saharan Africa, from Eritrea, Somalia or Sudan. They come in search of a better life in Israel or Europe, but many of them end up kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured. Criminals among the Bedouins living here demand ransom from the victims' families back home. They often torture their prisoners to death. The government in Cairo, meanwhile, seems to ignore these brutal crimes.Spiegel

I wonder why the information about the futility of crossing to Israel via Sinai has not reached these countries. Egypt is incapable of controlling Sinai. This has been going on since the liberation of Sinai after the peace agreement with Israel in 1979.

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