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HUMAN RIGHTS SCANDAL: Imprisoned, Tortured, Killed: Human Trafficking Thrives on Sinai Peninsula

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The Sinai Peninsula has become a prison and grave for thousands of African refugees. They are kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured to death even after their families have paid hefty ransoms. But Egypt refuses to act.

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AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1067)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:15 am
Just terrrible!

From the article:
"The New York Times estimates that 7,000 refugees have been abused in this way over the last four years, and that 4,000 of them may have died. These figures are drawn from data provided by aid organizations in Israel, Europe and the United States. Locals often find the dead bodies of African refugees who have simply been dumped in the desert or whose limbs can be seen sticking out of the sand."

Carol H (229)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:55 am

Daniel Partlow (179)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 5:24 am
What the hell is wrong with people?

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 5:27 am
Thanks Cal for posting this. Man's inhumanity to man is a sobering fact.
Economic factors are important here: "But what else am I supposed to do?" Mahmoud asks. "There are no jobs here, there's no way to make money!", says one of the kidnappers.
i wonder whether this is a region where permaculture, food-forests and other ways of making arid lands fertile would make a difference to the population so that they could see other ways of surviving instead of kidnapping and extortion..

Diane B (275)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 5:56 am
can't foolow

Ira Herson (13)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:22 am
A tragedy that just keeps getting worse.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:54 am
How awful that humans can still treat other humans like this


Svetlana B (20)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 8:59 am

Shawna S (45)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 9:23 am
Sad...especially that a human life is worth less than a tomato or potato.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 9:53 am
noted, + read thanks

. (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 10:01 am
Noted & posted

Caroline S (78)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 10:03 am
Absolument epouvantable.

lee e (114)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:18 pm
sadly noted

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:23 pm
in my prayers all those that suffer especially those that are innocent victims of evil

Beth Tatum (95)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:43 pm
Signed and noted. Really too disgusted to comment.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 1:24 pm
Very terrifying and sad. Thanks

Audrey B (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:07 pm
This is so wrong, what are their problems, we will never see peace in this world. No regard for human life. Its disgusting and scarey.

Why would they get such pleasure out of scaring and hurting & killing people, they are a bunch of animals, wait I take that back, and animal would kill for food, and not make someone suffer.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:08 pm
This is one of the saddest and scariest stories I've ever read. I can not even imagine being caught up in something like this. I thought all of the articles I've read and petitions I've signed for animals are horrendous and horrible, but this is absolutely horrific. I still think religion is the at the tap root of alot of the horror in the world. My heart just goes out to these people and especially to that poor 15 year old child. Sadness :(

Jennifer Ward (40)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:10 pm
When will the bleeding heart apologists come into reality and see the so called Arab Spring for what it is- tribal warfare on a grand scale. There will never be any peace or love for our fellow man while a certain book holds sway over the minds of cruel men. You know the one I mean, and it isn't the Bible.

Rhonda Burrows (2)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:06 pm
What is wrong with our world? How can life mean so little and money so much?

. (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:10 pm
What a human tragedy. Mubarac, Sadat treated the Sinai as desert. Yes, serving immigrants, when they had the courage to cross. Today, it's become a death zone. Yet again, the new Egypt has taken over.

Marilyn K (50)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:53 pm
Why do we have a United Nations Organization? This is a situation that should be brought to meetings of the United Nations and they should unite to end this atrocity.

Gillian M (218)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:01 pm
Marilyn, ever thought of doing stand up comedy? The UN do something? Especially against Muslims? The UN is controlled by them and their abuses. They will do nothing at all, these are just Christians and they don't give a damn about them.

Also note the absence of bleeding hearts when we talk about the atrocities committed against Christians, the people who will scream about the Palestinians in Gaza care nothing for their true suffering by their own people nor those of the Palestinians in Muslim controlled lands. They care even less about Christians and their suffering.

If you want to help Christians then is a brilliant organisation that helps them all around the world. There are stories showing their suffering as well as a place to donate.

Gillian M (218)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:04 pm
By the way, this has been going on for more than 4 years and they also use the healthy young people for involuntary organ donations.

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 5:45 pm

Madhu Pillai (22)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:34 pm
What has become of this world.. the hopelessness of it all!

Beth S (330)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:07 pm
Gillian is correct.

Islam views non-Muslims as far less than Muslims. Many Muslims are also racists. For example, members of a light-skinned Bedouin tribe will not intermarry with darker-skinned Bedouin tribe.

Therefore these poor Christians fleeing from genocidal often Arab Muslims in these African countries have a double-strike against them. They are persecuted by Muslims at home, caught by Bedouin Muslims in the Sinai, are considered inferior for being Christians and black, inferior enough, too, to be tortured and used to blackmail their families for. This is ABSOLUTELY INHUMANE, DISGUSTING BEHAVIOR ON THE PART OF MUSLIMS, but the world doesn't give a flying crap unless they happen to be Palestinians in conflict with Israelis, another great disgusting form of racism: anti-Semitism.

As Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Morsi government is TORTURING ITS OWN CHILDREN and protestors far worse than Hosni Mubarak's Muchbarat could ever come up with, how can anybody expect that the Egyptians would give a flying crap about these poor victims.

Islam is, in reality, one big victimizing machine. Of course this should be something the U.N. takes up, the UN is beholden to Islamic countries who all do these things to their own citizens and domestic servants.

Our notion of humane treatment because a human is a human is not a concept in Islam. It's a non-starter.

We can only hope that the Muslims kill each other in their many, many intertribal and country wars before they kill everyone else.

Sounds awful, I know, but that's the reality.

Jason S (50)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:16 pm
Good posting, thanks

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:44 pm
noted,thank you

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 8:50 pm

Lisa Layton (1)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 9:53 pm
Beth S., although it may seem to be the fault of one person/people, in your opinion, it really has many more culprits then a narrow minded racist comment and rhetoric you espouse. Finger pointing is inappropriate--especially if we live in glass houses, don't want to cast the first stone, do we?

Inge B (202)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 11:27 pm

Beth S (330)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 11:32 pm

My comment is in great part emotional and in great part just the truth.

There is nothing narrow minded or racist in what I have said. I have been studying these issues for four years and I can support what I've said, while you yourself finger-point and name call. Cultures, values, religious views play out behaviorally, and though there can may be some other factors, these three can be seen in play in many countries and in many races, and very clearly the common elements are NOT race, but most certainly the result of a religious view that non-Muslims are beneath Muslims, and yes, there are definitely a tragically high number of racist views throughout the Muslim world not only towards non-Muslims, but even a pecking order within Islam.

You show many signs of being accustomed to being politically correct and factually incorrect. Finger-pointing certainly CAN be perfectly appropriate, even though you don't like it. I think you need to explore your own prejudices more deeply and see if you can see the truth through them. You might also want to work on your knowledge of history, Islam and facts.

Robert O (12)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 12:54 am
Horrible beyond words. Thanks Cal.

Well put Lisa.

paul m (93)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 6:20 am

Even in Ireland there are girls from Eastern Erope comeing here to answer a job ( maybe as a nanny
,child care ) everything paid only to find themselves locked up as prostercutes,( Information received from an undercover investergater for R.T.V...Irish Telvision, if they know this , why dosen't the law do something ?
and what about Europe ?

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 8:03 am
Very sad! noted

. (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:07 am
Very sad situation.

Nancy Crouse (5)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Not surprising as this kind thing has gone on for hundreds of years.

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:28 pm
Unfortunately, a vast majority of Egyptian population developed racist attitude towards all non-Muslims, and, ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood extremists, the country highly unlikely will protect those in need.


Shirley B (5)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:30 pm
Good luck getting Egypt to do anything, Look at how they treat their women.

S S (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:45 pm
Thank you.

Vivien Green (153)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 2:01 pm
Noted thank you Cal.
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m B (69)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 3:17 pm
Thank you, Cal. Noted very sadly. So terrible reaction of Egypt :( Shame on this country!

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 4:18 pm
Very disturbing

Judith Hand (55)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 7:09 pm
Noted and read with great interest. It's a lot more complex than I realized. Sadness goes without saying. I jump to what the Africans went through in America, through no choice of their own. Now this. I keep going back to the families paying ransoms and one instance where there are collections in church to pay. That tells me that there's some kind of support system back home. So what are the people leaving behind that is worse that what they're encountering now? Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez; thanks.

Joy M (169)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 7:11 pm
Noted, so very sad...

. (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 7:16 pm
Human traffickers should be able to be killed on sight. Maybe the UN can make a convention to support this. This is the most disgusting anti-human, anti-Christian, anti-Islam thing that "people" can do to other people. Actually human traffickers are less than animals.

Twyla Sparks (208)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 8:48 pm
so so sad! : (

Nicole McNally (18)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 10:10 pm
When did it become acceptable to use unemployment as an excuse for kidnapping, torture and extortion? There is no justification for brutality and inhumanity. The rest of the world needs to step up and make this lucrative "business" much less appealing. The penalty of death comes to mind.

Petra M (259)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 5:21 am
sadly noted!

Edgar Zuim (47)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 7:09 am
Humans are rational? I have my doubts.
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