Migrants in Egypt Targeted For Body Parts

People fleeing persecution in countries like Eritrea are being killed in Egypt for their body parts.

According to a doctor in a town on the Sudan-Egypt border quoted by South Africa’s Weekend Argus newspaper, a number of “disemboweled bodies” have been discovered. Organs, especially kidneys, were missing.

A recent car crash in Sinai provided evidence. The doctor who was driving the car was killed and, inside the vehicle, officials discovered a small refrigerator containing several human organs. There is other evidence including photographs from a morgue in the Egyptian port town of al-Arish showing scars in the abdomens of refugees who did not make it.

At least 27 refugees have alleged that Egyptian Bedouin people-smugglers have threatened to steal their organs unless they or their families paid money, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Israel says.

The Egyptian authorities are known for ignoring the treatment of migrants by traffickers and others, or, in the case of those trying for the Israeli border, actually shooting to kill. They deny the evidence of any trade in body parts.

Italian-based Eritrean agency Agenzia Habeshia provided evidence of some 300 Eritreans and Ethiopians who are being held in police stations in Aswan in Southern Egypt and in the military camp of Shelal in “inhuman and degrading conditions”.

The inter-governmental organisation International Organisation for Migrants (IOM) has listed the situation in Aswan as “very serious”.

Beatings are a regular feature of detention and political and religious refugees in particular are subjected to torture to make them sign “voluntary repatriation requests”.

IOM say that last week more than 100 Christian Eritreans who suffer religious persecution and fear for their lives in Eritrea, were beaten repeatedly until they signed.

“Refugees and asylum-seekers returned to Eritrea have been detained incommunicado and tortured upon return,” Amnesty International said. They have accused the Egyptians of denying refugees access to UNHCR.

The situation in camps run by traffickers is worse, with slavery well documented aside from the alleged, lucrative body parts trade. In the Sinai, criminals hold hostage, kill, torture, and rape migrants.

PHR Israel earlier this year published a survey based on interviews with 284 asylum seekers who made it to Israel. Some 44 per cent said they witnessed violence and/or fatalities of other asylum seekers while they were in the Sinai and the vast majority (88 per cent) stated they experienced severe hunger and food deprivation.

Many women have asked for abortions after being raped.

A leader from the largest Bedouin tribe told CNN said he was aware that rogue elements of his tribe are engaged in people trafficking, bonded labor and torture.

Several hundred Eritreans were recently released from hostage by local Bedouin police working with an NGO coalition. But authorities have been slow to act, if at all, despite being given details about individual criminals.

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117 comments

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago

I'll repeat my previous post as no one seems to bother reading the thread before leaving inane comments.

It's not really happening. First we had the assertion that it was happening, then when people pointed out that it would be rather difficult to perform these operations in the middle of a desert, with only Bedouin guides as surgeons to do them, the concept of real, wicked, MUSLIM, Egyptian doctors was introduced to the story (on this and other similar threads). Then when people pointed out that it would be rather difficult to perform these alleged organ harvesting operations in public (or private) hospitals in the Sinai, the Islamophobes came up with the idea that mobile field-operating theatres were being driven over from Cairo to do them. It now sounds rather ridiculous, doesn't it?

Then some people said "I saw it on the al Jazeera website". I looked and couldn't find it and asked for a link and didn't get one.

Then we got an article full of "allegedly", "anonymous source", "man who didn't want to be identified" and a doctor who "looked at some photos of bodies" and said "yes, they have had their organs removed".

So, no proof, none at all.

Kristen H.
Kristen H.4 years ago

No wonder the refugees in my office the other day looked so worn out & haggard. Eritrea is in a part of the world that has been overrun by thugs... as they are trying to do everywhere lately, it would seem.

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago

Hi Rose B

Don't worry yourself. This story is a fake. Have a look at my posts, especially the one 3 down from yours.

Rose Balcom
Rose Balcom4 years ago

Terrible, just terrible. How could any 'civilized" human to this to another?

peggy p.
peggy p.4 years ago

there needs to be a new word for humanity because i am not seeing it much in these articles

Marie Therese Hanulak

Nothing can surprise me when it comes to humans and their inhumanity.
And there are no religions (that I know off) that hasn't any blood on their hands

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago

Jazmine L.

No, it's not really happening. First we had the assertion that it was happening, then when people pointed out that it would be rather difficult to perform these operations in the middle of a desert, with only Bedouin guides as surgeons to do them, the concept of real, wicked, MUSLIM, Egyptian doctors was introduced to the story (on this and other similar threads). Then when people pointed out that it would be rather difficult to perform these alleged organ harvesting operations in public (or private) hospitals in the Sinai, the Islamophobes came up with the idea that mobile field-operating theatres were being driven over from Cairo to do them. It now sounds rather ridiculous, doesn't it?

Then some people said "I saw it on the al Jazeera website". I looked and couldn't find it and asked for a link and didn't get one.

Then we got an article full of "allegedly", "anonymous sorce", "man who didn't want to be identified" and a doctor who "looked at some photos of the bodies and said yes, they have had their organs removed".

So, no proof, none at all.

Jazmine Linker
Jazmine Linker4 years ago

Is this really happening? So saddening.
Thanks for the article.

Kamryn M.
Kay M.4 years ago

noted

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.