UN says: The human trafficking in Sinai is one
of the most unreported humanitarian crises in the world! Let's change that! YOUR voice could stand for ONE of the 7'000 tortured refugees...
The Sinai Peninsula is best known for being a
holiday destination -- but for thousands of vulnerable refugees it has become a
torture trap. Egypt and Israel can put an end to the Sinai Death Camps,
but they need to hear from us now.
Lured from refugee camps with false promises or
kidnapped by criminal gangs, the victims -- who are mostly from Eritrea,
Somalia and Sudan -- are used to extort money from relatives. Tortured every
day through rape, being hung upside down for hours, and burning with
electric cables their screams are relayed to relatives over the phone,
along with demands for money.
Four thousand are thought to have died already. In
July, Israel allowed Egypt to deploy more forces to the area in an effort to
address the lawlessness. But with the spotlight on Egypt's domestic problems,
any progress is quickly evaporating. Let's make sure it won't take another 4000
deaths by calling on Egypt and Israel to act now.
The UN says this is "one of the most
unreported humanitarian crises in the world" -- and it's happening
right under the noses of the Sinai key players. The Egyptian government and
army, the international MFO forces at the UN base, the Israel army all know
about the torture camps, butthere's no political will to intervene.
In April, Amnesty International reported that “many
people held captive in Sinai have been subjected to extreme violence and
brutality while waiting for ransoms to be paid by families. Including
beatings with metal chains, sticks and whips; burning with cigarette butts or
heated rubber and metal objects; suspension from the ceiling; pouring gasoline
over the body and setting it on fire…being urinated on and having finger
nails pulled out. Rape of men and women, and other forms of sexual violence
have been frequently reported.”
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.
The power in
the Sinai region besides the local tribes has the Egyptian Army. But because of
an Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty of 1979 the number of Egyptian forces that can
be deployed in the Sinai is limited. In July in acknowledgment of the grave
situation in Sinai, Israel permitted the Egyptian army to deploy two more
infantry battalions to the peninsula. But without international pressure
most likely no intervention against the human trafficking will happen through
the key players.
We have to act now! The unsecure political
situation in Egypt gives even more room for lawlessness in the Sinai region.
Let’s get 7’000 voices before these meetings: ONE voice for every abused and
Eritrean refugees in Tel Aviv, many of whom have
endured the horrors of the Sinai torture camps, ask why no one – not Israel,
Egypt, the US nor the EU – will intervene to stop the brutal trade in human
lives. Let’s give them a strong voice!
THE WASHINGTON TIMES (21.July 2013): http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jul/21/in-sinai-i-saw-hell-refugees-are-easy-prey-for-bru/?page=1
Süddeutsche Zeitung (24.July 2013) in German: http://sz-magazin.sueddeutsche.de/texte/anzeigen/40203/Im-Reich-des-Todes
BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22575182
CNN (the freedom project): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcxGwRIn-2w
SPIEGEL online: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/human-trafficking-thrives-on-sinai-peninsula-a-891585.html
Stop Sinai Torture: http://www.stopsinaitorture.org/
SOS Sinai: http://sossinai.org/
Posted: 9 July 2013 (Updated: 14 April 2015)