The Sinai Slave Trade
Interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi:
As citizens outraged by the horrific trafficking of vulnerable Eritreans, we call on you to immediately dismantle the kidnapping and torture rings in the Sinai Desert. We also urge you to ensure all survivors receive adequate protection and assistance. The world cannot remain silent in the face of this atrocious modern-day slavery. We call on you to stop it at once.
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Amazingly Haben survived -- but she is one of thousands of East Africans who have been abducted by criminal trafficking rings, and tortured in Egypt’s Sinai until their desperate families pay huge ransoms for their freedom. If we can show Egypt’s leaders that this dirty secret is out and damaging the Sinai’s tourism reputation as the ‘Red Sea Riviera’, they could break the trafficking rings, and free these slaves.
Every hour these men, women and children are in captivity is an hour too long. Sign the urgent petition now and forward it to everyone. When we reach 1 million signers, Avaaz will raise a massive media storm to pressure Egypt to act.
*Haben is a pseudonym, but her story is real.