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Tortured in the Sinai. "I Was Hanged for Days"

World  (tags: Bedouin tribes, Africa, Sinai, human trafficking, torture )

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From the West Coast of Africa to the deserts of Sinai, Bedouin tribes are conducting a human trafficking trade on a massive scale. According to a story by Chris Mitchell for CBN News, the trade reaps millions of dollars and deals with human misery.

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Beth S (330)
Tuesday August 13, 2013, 6:06 pm

" From the West Coast of Africa to the deserts of Sinai, Bedouin tribes are conducting a human trafficking trade on a massive scale.

According to a story by Chris Mitchell for CBN News, the trade reaps millions of dollars and deals with human misery. It could be stopped, but so far no one has dared.

"By that time I had lost sense (sensation) in both my hands," an Eritrean torture victim told CBN News.

He added, “It was a result of the accumulated torture but mainly because (both) of my wrists were tied up so tightly, (and I was) hanged up from the ceiling for three days, the blood was cut off from my hands and the flesh started to literally drip from my hands.”

Torture in the Sinai

CBN News said this man is just one victim of this widespread modern-day slavery, kidnapping, and torture trade in the Sinai desert. There are many pictures and videos of this practice on the Internet.

For this story, this Christian man from the African country of Eritrea is going by "Philip," but that's not his real name. CBN News gave him anonymity for his protection.

“In some cases, we were tortured simply because we were Christians,” he told CBN News.

“Sinai was always a place for human smuggling, but since around two years ago -- even a bit more -- it started also to be a place of human torture,” Shahar Shoham, director of Physicians for Human Rights, told CBN News.

Shorham has documented more than 1,300 cases of torture in the Sinai. Those survivors, like Philip, made it to Israel. But most of the cases of torture are not documented.

“They torture them in horrible methods, like hanging upside down from the ceiling, like using electric shocks, like burning them on their bodies,” CBN News reported Shorham said.

Kidnapped for Ransom

This story begins in Eritrea, where many like Philip fled from its brutal dictatorship. He traveled to a United Nations refugee camp in Sudan. There he was kidnapped by a Bedouin tribe.

CBN News said they transferred him -- along with many others -- through Sudan, Egypt, and all the way to the Sinai desert and their torture camps.

What happens next in these camps, CBN News said, is diabolical.

“What they make you do is call your family and ask them for the money,” CBN reported Philip said. “Usually they will do the asking. They will say, 'Either send this money or your brother will die or your father will die or your son will die.' It depends on whoever is picking up the phone.”

He added, “While you're talking to your family they would pour molten plastic on your body so that you would scream and perhaps they thought that would persuade your family to pay or collect the money faster," he said.

CBN News said the tribesmen demand what for most poor Eritrean families is an unattainable amount.

“The ransom fees can go up to $40,000 for an individual and even $50,000, and until the ransom fees (are) paid, the people will not be released,” CBN News reported Shoham said. “The financial burden on the families is devastating."

Killing a Soul

Sister Azziza is a Catholic nun from Eritrea who is based in Jerusalem. She has interviewed many of the Sinai survivors.

“People are destroyed physically (and) psychologically because of what they know they did to their family, how they are living,” Sister Azziza told CBN News.

But many do not make it out alive.

“We estimate that around 4,000 people died in the Sinai, some of them from torture,” CBN News reported Shoham said. Many who were with Philip died.

“We couldn't help them; that was the most horrible thing,” he recalled. “Some you know. You have experienced some of the harshest treatment in this world and yet they're dying and you couldn't do anything to help them. That was horrible.”

Hanged Like Christ

Yet the torture and the dying go on.

CBN News talked with a 35-year-old Eritrean woman named Segen. She is five months pregnant.

Meron Estefanos, an Eritrean human rights activist living in Sweden, arranged CBN’s conversation. The kidnappers give them cell phones so they can call their family and friends.

CBN News talked via Skype, linking Sweden, Jerusalem, and the Sinai.

CBN News said you could hear the strain in Segen's voice.

“They are asking for money every minute and they hit us and they put us -- they will make us lie down on the floor and you know their feet would be up and they would hit their feet ... with melted plastic bags,” CBN News reported Estefanos said.

“And so that way they cannot stand because they will torture their feet, and every day they hang them the way they hang Jesus Christ,” she added.

“What does she mean when they hang them like Jesus Christ?” CBN News asked.

“They hang us the way He was hanged and they take off their clothes. While they are naked they will hang them. And they will just hit them with big bats like all day for hours,” she said.

No Secret to the World

Many of the Etritreans, like Segen and Philip, are Christians. Many don't survive.

“There are around 7,000 that went through these torture camps and 4,000 that died. Those are huge numbers and I don't think that the world needs to keep quiet about that,” CBN News reported Shoham said.

Philip miraculously survived and made it to Israel where he received life-saving medical treatment.

CBN News said the location of these torture camps is no secret.

“Their location and whereabouts is known already by many high officials,” human rights activist Majed El Shafie told CBN News.

“The only way out of this problem is for the international society or the international community to put pressure on the Egyptian government to release the victims, to stop these human traffickers,” he said.

Shafie believes some of the American financial aid to Egypt could be used -- with conditions -- to help these victims.

“Every American listening to us right now -- not only Americans but anybody in the world -- can make a difference,” CBN News reported he said.

“You can contact your congressman. You can contact your senator. You can show them that you care about these issues," he added. “If you send an email, or fax or make a telephone call, he can save a life.”

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday August 13, 2013, 6:14 pm
How terrible - and officials as corrupt as the kidnappers and torturers. This needs to be addressed. Is there any guarantee the money sent will get to the victims?? We all know that there is no trickle down...corrupt officials and the kidnappers will get much and the victims will still suffer. These kind of people (?) won't stop, especially if they find out money is being sent to help. Sad situation, with little relief unless the UN could be persuaded to go in and get rid of the vermon infestation. Noted with thanks for bringing this out in the open.

Beth S (330)
Tuesday August 13, 2013, 6:27 pm
Exactly! The money is wired from the terrified families of the hostages, and then the vast majority of time the hostages are tortured and killed anyway. It is a large-scale human tragedy.

The biggest voting block in the 56-member countries of the OIC, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and they vote together to protect each other. They actually are very angry and anxious to get these types of reports suppressed and made illegal.

patrica and edw j (190)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 2:44 am
Such a sad sad no win situation for these poor people.

Fred H (31)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 6:33 am
I'm struck by the irony of African-Americans becoming Black Muslims because of anger over slavery.

Debra T (17)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 6:46 am
And why are we helping Egypt? Cut their funding off until they round up all these human traffickers. Those that decide to become Muslims here in the US should be sent to join their brotherhood in Egypt. We sure don't need these radicals in our back yard! Blacks that are still angry over slavery should read the history of slavery. It was their own people who captured them and sold them into slavery. Blame the Blacks for slavery! We did not round them up or capture them. They were sold to us by the Blacks! Blame your own race!

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 12:10 pm
I have been saying this and showing such stories for some yet no-one seems interested in human suffering. I uploaded a story about some 20 MILLION slaves in the Middle East. Come on people speak out and stop supporting this terrible abuse. Remember that some of the humans stolen are 3 year old boys to ride camels in races and they are raped repeatedly.

. (0)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 3:53 pm
children are tortured and trafficked all over the world. i cant understand why, but i know animal, child, spousal, and elder abusers are everywhere. in your government, in your town. so today, and going forward, do your best to be kind

Mike M (40)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 4:45 pm
It is one hell of a screwed up world and it gets worse everyday Humans death to themselves and the planet and all for a deity, money or just plain old hate from a miserable ego

Lee Hampton (15)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 5:48 pm

You are a bizarre person. The vast majority of time you have nothing useful to add to a conversation or even relevant or even true. Here again is not exception.

Your statement is juvenile, and accusing Gillian of an anti-homosexual agenda. If you knew Gillian, how she feels, you'd realize that to make a comment is so stupid, that either you like to lie or troll and in this case it seems like both.

Many of the comments that people make seem to be made by at least those in their teens, I can't say that your comments indicate much above a 8-year old level. Trolling seems to be what you do best.


Shawna S (45)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 9:41 pm
Human trafficking of any kind is one of the lowest signs of lack of moral compass I can think of. IMO.
Thank you Beth for sharing this article.

Rahman Qureshi (76)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 11:28 pm
Slavery of black people or of Christians and other non-Muslims is 100% Islamic. 20% of the (black) population in Mauritania are slaves - of Muslims! There was in recent months two stories of Saudis keeping slaves, one jumped out a window to get away. Muslims have no shame bringing this to America because they believe, per the teaching in Sura 3:110, that Muslims are superior. Add to that the many references in the Qur'an which assumes slavery (talks about what to do with slaves) and the fact that Muslims consider those passages forever relevant, no wonder the Muslim torture of non-Muslims.

Kidnapping and ransoming is 100% Islamic as Muhammad's Muslims practiced it. That was one of the ways Muhammad gained popularity, by telling his men they could take people captive and sell them back to their families. of course, when it comes to married women, Muhammad in his diseased mind told his Muslim men to rape and ejaculate inside the captive women even while their husbands were right there!

Lastly, whether it be Egypt or Pakistan or whatever Muslim country, non-Muslims especially Christians especially Christians girls are routinely abducted, raped, ransomed, forcibly converted and / or murdered.

Islam is a disease which needs to be wiped off the face of the earth! Then Muslim people would be free to act like human beings instead of Muslims.

. (0)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 8:17 am
Terrible! Thanks for sharing, Beth.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 1:41 pm
Muslims just seem to be like a plaque now all round the world Why dont they think of doing some good in the world instead of just wanting to kill Christians

Roger G (154)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 6:16 pm
noted, thanks

Helen P (39)
Friday August 16, 2013, 11:32 pm
This is the somberness of crimes unpunished,
forgotten by all but HE who keeps the karmic records.
The crimes in such forgetfulness as if to darken even more
the memory of atrocities, now to be repaid.
LORD KAL collects to the final farthing.
Forgiveness turns aside in tears.
She has been shunned.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 2:33 am

Nancy B (308)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 9:44 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, and shared. This has to be publicized so everyone knows what is happening. That's the only way we can hope to stop it.
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