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Ethiopian Refugees in Yemen are tortured

By Yalda Hakim, Yemen

The BBC’s Yalda Hakim visits a so-called ‘torture camp’ Efta is just 17 but has experienced shocking brutality.

The Ethiopian teenager survived a treacherous boat journey being smuggled across the Red Sea.

But on reaching Yemen, she was kidnapped and driven at gunpoint to a mud brick house.

She said: “They tortured other girls in front of me. They beat us and they raped us at gunpoint. I was terrified.”

She is one of 80,000 Ethiopian migrants who undertake this dangerous journey every year.

They hope they will find work in the wealthy Gulf state of Saudi Arabia and be able to send money home.

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Hafton Ekar, 23, made the journey from Ethiopia to Yemen with a group of friends.

Their aim was to find work in Saudi Arabia to support their families but they were kidnapped shortly after being smuggled into Yemen.

Hafton’s father was told he needed to pay $300 to free his son but after the ransom was paid, Hafton was sold on to a ‘torture camp’.

The new gang wanted another $250 but there was no money left. Hafton was brutally tortured.

“They hurt me very badly. I can’t use the bathroom any more. I’m paralysed,” he said.

His friends carried him on their backs when they escaped. Hafton now lies on a mattress in the refugee centre in Haradh.

But they risk being exploited by criminal gangs and the Yemeni military in the 500 km (310 miles) trek across Yemen to the Saudi border.

‘Raped and burned’Efta was held at what is known as a “torture camp” for three months.

She was too ashamed to ask her parents for money to set her free so she was raped every day.

Once it became clear that no ransom was going to be paid and after Efta fell ill, she was thrown out on the street.

She is now being cared for in a refugee centre run by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Yemeni border town of Haradh.

She remains traumatised by her experience.

“The women get raped and the men are burned. They break bones. They take people’s eyes out,” she said.

“Everything you can imagine, they do it. I saw it with my own eyes.”

Most of the Ethiopians we met came from the Tigray region in the north of the country.

They crossed the mountains into Djibouti and then paid people smugglers to take them across the Red Sea at its shortest point, Bab al-Mandab (or the Gate of Grief).

It was a harbinger of the trials and tribulations ahead of them where thousands are tortured and sexually exploited by people smugglers.

A map showing the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Saudi ArabiaA map showing the journey of Ethiopian migrants to Saudi Arabia.

And if they make it to Haradh, many die trying to get across the heavily-fortified border into Saudi Arabia.

Saleh Sabri is the local undertaker. He has lost count of the number of migrants he has buried.

“Some people are shot at the border. Some have been hung. Some are beaten to death,” he said.

“They all die from unnatural causes.”

Inside ‘torture camp’For centuries, Haradh has thrived on gun-running and drug-smuggling. Now, the commodity is people.

The Medecins Sans Frontieres charity says there are an estimated 200 “torture camps” in this area alone.

We become the first journalists to enter one after we are promised safe passage by a local judge.

Five migrants in what is known as a 'torture camp'Five migrants under armed guard in what is known as a ‘torture camp’ in Haradh, Yemen

One of the judge’s soldiers accompanies us for our safety.

We drive across sand dunes to reach a mud brick house on the outskirts of town.

As we enter, there appear to be five migrants sitting on the ground with two armed men guarding them.

We ask them if they have been abused.

“For the last three days, they have threatened to beat us if our families don’t pay,” said one migrant.

We then spot the entrance to a small room at the edge of the compound.

The soldier says this is where the migrant women are taken.

We ask to go inside but the soldier says what is going on behind the door could be haram, meaning forbidden.

We are told there could be a man and a woman in there.

We are not allowed to knock on the closed door but there are two pairs of shoes outside.

A man then appears with a pistol who says he was the owner of the camp. We ask him if torture exists on this farm.

“That’s forbidden,” he said.

“There’s no torture here. If we were capturing them by force, we’d have plenty of migrants there. They come here willingly.”

We also ask if there are women here.

“No, there’s no women in this farm,” he said.

After we left, we visited a senior local police officer and told him what we had seen.

We understand that the next day, all the migrants in the camp were released.

The International Organization for Migration says it is dealing with an “international humanitarian crisis”.

Failed stateBut Yemen is ill-equipped to solve this problem when it is fighting two insurgencies that have displaced tens of thousands.

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Yemen: The most dangerous journey in the world

Yalda Hakim in Yemen

See Yalda Hakim’s Our World documentary at the following times:

BBC News Channel: Saturday 20 July at 02:30, 05:30, 14:30, 21:30 and Sunday 21 July at 03:30, 05:30, 10:30, 14:30, 21:30. All times BST.

BBC World News: Friday 19 July at 23:30; Saturday 20 April at 11:30, 16:30; Sunday 21 July at 17:30, 22:30. All times GMT.

International aid is mainly directed towards them and the 200,000 Somali refugees in the south.

In the vacuum, gangs of kidnappers and torturers seem to operate at will.

But many Ethiopian migrants say the Yemeni army is complicit.

Efta said the men who kidnapped her were dressed in military clothing.

“They were wearing army uniforms,” she said.

“So that’s why we did what they said. We didn’t think they would do all of this to us.”

She also said the same men – Yemeni soldiers – raped her at the ‘torture camp’.

And 16-year-old Asma said the same. She nearly made it past the Yemeni guards at the Saudi border.

“Then the Yemeni army came,” she said.

“They caught us. They sold us to the torture camp.”

Asma was raped by up to three men every day for two months. She got out because one of her captors, she said, felt pity for her.

She is also living in the refugee centre in Haradh.

We requested an interview with the Yemeni government about the treatment of migrants but our request was declined.

The undertaker of Hardah Saleh SabriThe undertaker of Haradh burying another migrant. Saleh Sabri says he has lost count of the number.

The undertaker of Haradh is used to operating without government support.

“I have 40 bodies in the morgue and I have only six draws to store them,” said Saleh Sabri.

He still washes and prepares the bodies in the traditional way.

“I’m a simple man with a simple job,” he said.

“I take care of the morgue so I must take care of these poor unknown people. I do it for God.”

Malta Jails Ethiopian Refugees abuse their Human Rights and convection of UNHCR

 

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Petitioning Ethiopian People Patriotic Front

This petition will be delivered to:

President of The Republic of Malta – Dr. George Abella
Ethiopian People Patriotic Front
UNHCR
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Case Postale 2500 CH-1211 Genève 2 Dépôt Suisse.
Human Rights Watch 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
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President of the republic of Malta – Dr. George Abella: Liberate Ethiopian Refugees From Prison

Prof Muse TegegneEthiopians refugees are held as a Prisoner in Malta. We as the rights to be respect and liberated and given political asylum after crossing Sudan Lybia and mediteranian see for freedom.

To:
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Case Postale 2500 CH-1211 Genève 2 Dépôt Suisse. (UNHCR)
Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor New York, NY 10118-3299 USA)
Office of the President (President of The Republic of Malta – Dr. George Abella)
Sac Sport Complex 50 (Jesuit Refugee Service Malta)
Liberate Ethiopian Refugees From Prison in Malta five them political asylum or facilitate their transfer to third country of refuge …

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An Ethiopian baby is born on high waters… escaping from Gadaffi & Melese Zenawie

Africans escaping from dictatorial regimes found themselves between the hammer and the hard thing. Those   trying to save their lives from one found themselves stranded in the conflict of the other.  Many   are drowning in the coast of Libya, while others have been sold as slaves in Sinai trying to cross to the Promised Land. Those who stayed behind in the camps of Gadaffi are stigmatized and marked as his mercenary by local population.  Many Ethiopian and Eritreans have been victims of rape and body trafficking. Recently an Ethiopian baby is delivered on a boat from a rapped mother. Gaddafie has a great responsibly in financing and arming most the African tyrants to power.  When it comes to the new mother, the Libyan dictator   has a direct responsibility in her rape   in Libya and for his support tyrant regimes   in Eastern Africa.

On the 26 of March 2011, the first of wrecked boat able to reach the coast escaping form the North African uprising carrying over 350 East Africans refugees from Libya.  One of the rapped women who were evacuated from the boat to a hospital on the island of Lampedusa lost her baby.   The Earlier young lady who was airlifted from the tiny island to a hospital in Sicily a named her child «Yeabsera” (” Glad tiding of God”) on the memory of her hardship and that God saved her from perishing in the seas.

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According to Laura Boldrini a spokeswoman of the UNHCR in Italy confirmed that the African groups need international protection. “Until now the only migrants to arrive in Lampedusa were Tunisians, and this is the first boat coming from Libya with people fleeing the military escalation, the vendettas and the retaliation attacks.”

T Italy and Libya signed a friendship treaty in 2008 which Italian authorities say led to a 94-percent decrease in illegal immigration.   These days Gaddafi himself has threatened to send “millions” of migrants to Europe as a soft weapon of war against NETO groups.  The last group that arrived   in the wrecked boat on Saturday is mostly Eritreans, Ethiopians and Somalian. Over 15,000 mostly Tunisian migrants have landed on Lampedusa in rickety fishing boats since the ouster of Tunisian Dictator Ben Ali, and more are expected every day.  According AFP, “more than 1,000 migrants arrived on the island on Saturday including 69 who were rescued from a sinking boat by a fishing trawler.” There were chaotic scenes when three boats carrying some 600 migrants arrived in the port. The Italian security forces have been seen to prevent a crowd of migrants already on the island from surging towards them. Recently the Italian government has suspended the treaty and warns that hundreds of thousands of migrants could depart for Italy if Gaddafi’s regime falls.

Italy has requested increased assistance from the European Union. The boat was assisted on Friday by a Canadian warship taking part in a mission by the NATO alliance to enforce a naval arms embargo on Libya. Coastguards said the boat would not be taken to Lampedusa but to the nearby island of Linosa and the passengers would then be taken to a refugee centre. David Taylor, a spokesman for the NATO embargo mission based in Naples, said: “We are monitoring the situation very closely and confidently.” It is reported that that the boat arriving in Italy had left Tripoli in the night between Thursday and Friday. The refuges informed the local UNHCR officer that four or five other boats carrying African migrants had also left Libyan shores carrying around 1,000 people. The charity Save the Children said around 250 Tunisian children is still on the island, which is closer to North Africa than to mainland Italy.

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More than 250 other children — most of them teenagers — have been taken to special care homes in other parts of Italy in recent weeks. Ninety-six of the children were transferred to an abandoned US Coast Guard base on Lampedusa on Saturday after Save the Children said the conditions in which they had been living on the island were unacceptable. The island is struggling to cope with all the recent arrivals and hundreds of migrants have been sleeping out in the open because of a lack of space. “We believe it is necessary for transit centers to be set up for children to ensure acceptable living conditions while they wait to be installed in communities,” Rafaela Milano of Save the Children said in a statement. The European assistance in the elimination of African dictators will surely stop the inflow of refuges to their mainland. Gaddafie was highly implicated in the Horn of Africa conflict that cost millions of life, not forgetting scores of conflicts he financed throughout the continent that assured many tyrants to stick on power.

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Ethiopian asylum seeker in a status limbo caught in a rising xenophobia in Norway

Norway is known traditionally  home for Ethiopian asylum seekers.    The recent position of the Norwegian office for asylum towards Ethiopian refugees is more   xenophobic  than tolerance and solidarity. Many Ethiopian Asylum seeks are languishing in status no man’s land. They live in a daily fear of deportation to the land of the dictatorial regime of Melese Zenawi in Ethiopia.  Over 50 Ethiopians forced themselves in a cold Nordic winter to camp inside an old -old cathedral to show to the world there in human situation in the country that once champion human rights. Today the growth the extreme right in the Norwegian political arena has changed  the  country’s  socio political atmosphere by increasing   Islamophilia, intolerant and widespread xenophobia.

The hopeless Ethiopians in the country who came expecting to receive asylum  are  today menaced to be deported  have  decided to camp  in this old  cathedral undergoing renovation indoors so their living conditions are far from comfortable,with a lack of sanitation facilities and cold stone floors and pews for makeshift beds.

These  inhumanly rejected  refugees refused  to eat or drink and started hunger strike in a bitter  Scandinavian weather in 400 years  old  cathedral  which seems undergone several years of major renovations, but the work is not finished yet inside because of budget constraints.

The Ethiopians found themselves between the hammer and the hard things due to the recent worming up of the Norwegian and Ethiopian regime relations after a big fall out which forced the host country to sever  diplomatic relation with the Ethiopian Dictator. The refugees are freezing with no warm water supplies, no kitchen only one half working toilet.

The Ethiopians seem determined in their cause. Around 400 of their supporters demonstrated on Monday to protest the handling of their asylum applications by Norwegian immigration officials. The rejected refugees claim they have not been evaluated individually.

“We live in fear that we’ll be sent back,” Bizualem Beza, a spokesperson for the group, told “We believe our applications haven’t been properly handled.”

Immigration authorities dispute that, with Hanne Jendal of immigration agency UDI claiming they have been thoroughly evaluated. “They have received individual and thorough treatment at all levels,” Jendal told There’s never been any collective evaluation of this group.”

Beza hopes the authorities will review their cases again. “Many of us have lived here for many years,” Beza said. “We have worked, started families and found homes. Suddenly all that may be taken away.” Beza claims the refugees fear harassment or worse back in Ethiopia because of their own or their family members’ political ties.

They are in precarious situation including some pregnant women continuing their hunger strike.

Two were taken to an emergency clinic late last week suffering from lack of nutrition and exhaustion. Church officials held Sunday services as usual and many of the Ethiopian refugees participated. On Monday, they agreed to leave the church in return for promises that they will be granted new meetings with Norwegian immigration authorities.

“The authorities wouldn’t meet us until all the demonstrators were out of the church,” Bizualem Beza, who initially functioned as a spokesman for the group, told Norwegian Broadcasting. A meeting now will be held at the office of Oslo Bishop Ole Kristian Kvarme, with representatives from the Justice Ministry and immigration agencies UDI and UNE.

The authorities have determined that the Ethiopians didn’t meet requirements for asylum and want them to return to Ethiopia. The refugees fear political reprisal back home and have refused to leave voluntarily. The Norwegians, meanwhile, have no agreements in place with Ethiopian authorities to arrange deportation, at least officially but there is an understanding.

That has left the rejected refugees in a difficult situation in Norway, as undocumented and unable to work legally, although many have managed to live in the country for years and work illegally.

Beza apologized for causing disruption for the church. “But we were so afraid and desperate,” he said, joining fellow refugees in thanking church officials, aid organizations and the media for the attention they received for their cause.

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Abyssinians caught in outrageous Human Trafficking and slave trade in Sinai by Egyptian boarder guards..

Thousands of refugees from Eritrea and Ethiopia running from the outrageous dictators of the Horn of Africa found themselves caught in Human Trafficking theatre in Sinai. The Jewish State by fencing the border areas has  directly participate in  the destruction of the people of Ethiopian origin. To what objective Israel trying  to block them from  entering the Holy Land, while at the same time bringing their brothers from Ethiopia  stigmatized as “Falashas & Felasha Muras”? The only refugees who are adventuring to Israel are the Southern Sudanise and the Abysnians. They are either Christians today stigmatized as “Felasha Moras” or  southern animists running away from Sudanese slave trade. Let us not forget the Abyssinian (Eritrean & Ethiopian) Semitic people ethnically known as Habeshia are the same with any of those immigrated to the Jewish state. The main difference  would be that those who accepted  Orthodox Christainity, those recently  converted and stigmatized as Felasha Muras, and last but not least those who are die hards   stigmatized as “Falashas” and  never accepted the New Testement. Anyway all are Habashas ethnically but little difference in their religiosity . When we read  the word Habesha  from the right to left  reads  as Sheba meaning the children of the Queen of  Sheba or in Arbic Belkis.  And why is the complicity of the Arabs and Jews when it comes on destruction of these particular ancient people of African origin?

It seems there is a tacit complicity which surpasses religiosity when it comes to Africans slave trade and human trafficking.  Such complicity  has  historical roots  that brought millions to Americas in the 16th century . In the  Middle East the inhuman institution had victimized many from eastern Africa. Even Bilal the Prophet’s Hazan was a slave sold from Eastern part of the Continent.  This complicity is historical, tracing its roots in the long past when the Africans were sold as slaves.  Hebrews were victims of historical slavery and modern time refuges before 1948. Where is their solidarity to the victims of such atrocities in their door steppes  in Sinai today?

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The starving population in the Horn of Africa needs to follow the foot steppes of Tunisia. They have to call back their  memories the 1974 & 1991 revolutions that changed regimes. 2011 announces  the end of the dictators in Africa and in the Middle East. Only the change in Egypt & Northern  Sudan could stop such in human trafficking, the regime of Hosni Mubarak & Omar Beshir  assumes the full responsibility of their massacre. Egyptian  border guards have the full responsibility on  their lives. They have been  complicit to their capture and they know exactly where they are, and are  working hand in hand with the Sudanese slave traders. These murderous  guards have been making money the  last 10 years in this new slavery of the 21st century  known as Human Trafficking across the Sinai. The UN  through ICC must pressure the Egyptian government official to force the desert guards to liberate their innocent captives.

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Agenzia Habeshia and EveryOne Group have asked for urgent action to be taken by the Egyptian government to free the migrants and control the tents and fruit orchards where we suspect other migrants are being held. The humanitarian organizations are asking the nations of the Multinational Force and Observers (as well as Egypt, Israel and the United States), the UN and the EU institutions, to do everything in their power and adopt all diplomatic means to convince the Egyptian authorities to take immediate action.

Rome, January 19th, 2011. Trafficking in human beings in the northern Sinai is a plague that Egypt is preparing to face in 2011 with a special anti-terrorism unit. “The Egyptian government is setting up a special body,” say Roberto Malini, Matteo Pegoraro and Dario Picciau, co-presidents of EveryOne Group, “whose goal is to stamp out trafficking in human beings and weapons. The Special Corp uses tanks, helicopters and heavy artillery: a sign that the Egyptian government has reached an agreement with Israel for a derogation from the Camp David accords of 1978, which required the Egyptian security forces on the border to use only light weapons”. Meanwhile, the Eritrean priest, Mussiè Zerai, had been in contact with a second group of migrant prisoners in the Sinai. “Don Zerai promptly launched the alarm,” continue  EveryOne, “and our group has carried out investigations in an attempt to identify the locations where the migrants are being held. According to the information in our possession, when the group of migrants left Sudan and crossed into Egypt, there were 60 African refugees. Traffickers of the Rashaida tribe have asked each of them to pay $3000. In Sinai, however, the group has been divided into two. The one we are in contact with consists of 38 refugees, including 8 women. They are being held in a prison camp, chained hand and foot in metal shipping containers. “The young prisoner in contact with Zerai has provided valuable information for the investigations of the human rights defenders. “The group is located near the border with Israel, close to an airport used by a multinational force,” say EveryOne Group. “We have enough information to locate the place of detention: El Gorah, north-east of Sinai, where there is an airbase used by the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). There are some properties near the airport of El Gorah that belong to Bedouins and which have already been singled out during investigations into human trafficking. El Gorah is an organized crime stronghold that has its centre in the nearby Al Arish, the capital of the Northern Sinai Governorate, which is being controlled by Palestinians bosses born in Egypt who work alongside members of the Al Tarabin tribe. Recent police operations have proved their links to Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Fatah. Profits from trafficking are used to fund terrorism and this gang – whose members call themselves ‘Arabs’ – is well-known for its violent responses to the local law enforcement, and has led to many victims among police officers. These ‘Arabs’ corrupt security forces and carry out their trade virtually undisturbed. Our group has received reports of other groups of migrants being detained at El Gorah in large tents or confined in underground metal shipping containers, hidden in the Bedouin fruit orchards of El Gorah. A number of Ethiopians and Eritreans work for the “Arabs”, and they communicate with the refugees in their own language. The name of the Eritrean guardian assigned to the new group of refugees is Araya Tesfamicael. Based on this information, Agenzia Habeshia and EveryOne Group have asked for urgent action to be taken by the Egyptian government to free the migrants and control the tents and fruit orchards where we suspect other migrants are being held. The humanitarian organizations are asking the nations of the MFO (as well as Egypt, Israel and the United States), the UN and the EU institutions, to do everything in their power and adopt all diplomatic means to convince the Egyptian authorities to take immediate action.

URGENT ACTION – AFRICAN REFUGEES IN THE SINAI
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Refugees in the Sinai. Another group is located at El Gorah: called for MFO and UN intervention

Rome, January 19, 2011. Trafficking in human beings in the northern Sinai is a plague that Egypt is preparing to face in 2011, fielding a special anti-terrorism unit. “The Egyptian government is setting up a special body,” say Roberto Malini, Matteo Pegoraro and Dario Picciau, co-presidents of EveryOne Group, “whose goal is to stamp out trafficking in human beings and weapons. The Special Corp uses tanks, helicopters and heavy artillery: a sign that the Egyptian government has reached an agreement with Israel for a derogation from the Camp David accords of 1978, which required the Egyptian security forces on the border use of small arms”.Meanwhile, the Eritrean priest Mussiè Zerai came into contact with a second group of immigrants prisoners in the Sinai. “Don Zerai promptly launched the alarm,” continue  EveryOne, “and our group has carried out investigations to identify the locations where migrants are held. According to the information we have, the group included when the migrants leave Sudan 60 African individuals. Traffickers of the Rashaida tribe have asked each of them $ 3000. In Sinai, however, the group has been split in two. The one with which we are in contact consists of 38 refugees, including 8 women. They are in a prison camp chained hand and foot, in metal containers. “The young prisoner in contact with Zerai has provided information useful for investigations of human rights defenders. “The group is located near the border with Israel near an airport used by a multinational force,” say EveryOne. “We have enough information to locate the place of detention: El Gorah, north-east of Sinai, where there is an airbase of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). Near the airport of El Gorah, there are some properties of the Bedouin, already focused during investigations related to human trafficking. El Gorah is a stronghold of organized crime that has its center in the nearby Al Arish, the capital of North Sinai Governorate, controlled by Palestinians bosses born in Egypt along with members of the tribe Al Tarabin. Recent police operations have shown thair links to Al Qaeda, Hamas and Fatah. Traffics are used to fund terrorism and this band – whose members call themselves ‘Arabs’ – is known for its violent responses to the local law enforcement, cost the lives of many agents. The ‘Arabs’ corrupt security forces and carry out their trade virtually undisturbed. Our group has received reports of other groups of migrants detained at El Gorah in large tents or confined in metal container buried, hidden in the Bedouin orchards of El Gorah. They work for the band of  “Arabs” some Ethiopians and Eritreans, that communicate with the refugees in their own language. The name of the Eritrean guardian assigned to the new group of refugees is Araya Tesfamicael. Based on this information, the Agency Habeshia and EveryOne Group has asked for urgent action by the Egyptian government to free the migrants and control tents and orchards, Where we suspect there are other migrants. Humanitarian organizations ask the nations of the MF (above, in addition to Egypt, Israel and the United States), the UN and the EU institutions to activate their diplomatic means to To convince the Egyptian authorities to act now.
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Egypt denies the existance of refugees death camp in Sinai, hostages might have been executed by captors ?

Eritreans/ Ethiopians  escaping from local dictators  found themselves between the hammer and the hard thing.  As refugee, they have been sold many times in the hands of local tribes’ men Rashaidas and other border line tribes, before they arrive in the hands of the last captors in Sinai to transit via Israel to Europe or North America their final destination. They do not have to pay in the starting point in the refugee camp. It is a free trip to death and torture.   They were sold for a few hundred dollars in Kassala Sudan and by the time they reach Sinai their price reaches thousands of dollars supposedly to be paid by their relatives aboard. I they failed to pay the some demanded some will be sold as slaves in different parts of the Arab world other will summery executed as one of the members who recently escaped after being raped and tortured told our reporter. By the time the Egyptian authorities arrive in the area the asylum seekers are sold or already transferred if they are not dead, making its impossible to trace.
Recently the Egyptian activists are calling on the government to take action to save African asylum-seekers from «systematic torture» by their Bedouin captors in the Sinai Peninsula who demand thousands of dollars in ransom.

“The Egyptian  government says it does not have information,” said Magma Botrous, violence and physical safety specialist at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a local NGO. “But the problem is that the government doesn’t try to get the information,”

Some hundreds of African asylum-seekers cross into Israel via Egypt with the help of international human trafficking agents living and working in refugee camps in the Horn of Africa ending at the Egypt-Israel border.

Today over 500 of these asylum-seekers from Eritrea and Ethiopia are held in the Sinai desert in different torture tents and face torture and rape, with their captors demanding to be paid since they bought them as slave, before they are allowed into Israel.

Egypt authorities could not put their hand on them since they are hidden in the deep Sinai dessert even they cross hiding them in Saudi Arabia if they are pursued. The Egyptian said recently that “Whoever has information about the presence of African refugees in captivity in the Sinai has to prove it; they have to give us the names of the refugees and the places where they are kept.”

The local Egyptian human right NGO’s were contacted by some refugees, and they insist the reports about the refugees in the Sinai are true.  They claim that they are forced to work without food, and forced into prostitution. They said even gave the information and the government gave silent treatment. They declared that, “It is unbecoming of Egypt to fall silent while something like this happens, the government can’t really understand that it has a moral and a legal responsibility to rescue these people.”

About 13 local rights groups issued a statement on 29 December, calling on the government to intervene. The organizations say the African hostages are beaten, burned, and lashed with electric cables, while the captors communicate with their relatives to pressure them to pay ransom.

“Women are separated from the men and repeatedly gang raped by their captors,” they said in their statement.

I Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) said clinic staff began noticing a growing trend over the past few months of women, recently freed from detention, seeking abortions.

“In conversations with our doctors, many women confessed to being raped prior to entering Israel. Of a total of 165 abortions facilitated by the clinic between January and November 2010, PHR-Israel suspects half were requested by women who were sexually assaulted in the Sinai,” the update said.

During the same period, 1,303 women were referred for gynecological treatment, a large percentage as a result of the trauma endured in Sinai, according to PHR-Israel.

An Eritrean refugee  in Israel in Youtube , describes the torture he underwent on his way to Israel at the hands of Bedouin smugglers.”We were beaten brutally, whipped on the face and on sensitive body parts; we were chained, four persons on each side. One of the common methods [by the captors] to get more money is to call family members in Sudan and Eritrea and let them hear the painful cries of their relatives and ask for more money. Some US$4,000-8,000 is the price paid to smugglers to reach Israel,  I was very depressed. I did not know what to do. I could not pay $4,000, so I stayed in the desert for a month and a half. It was very hard.”

The 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report of the US Department of State describes Egypt as a source, transit, and destination country for women and children who are subjected to people-trafficking.

The government approved new legislation in May 2010 criminalizing people trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation.

“We only want to save these innocent people who suffer horrifying conditions in the detention camps in Sinai,” said Hossam Bahgat, a local rights activist.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said in November there were 39,461 refugees and asylum-seekers in Egypt. It said the majority of the refugees were Sudanese, followed by Iraqis, Somalis, Ethiopians, and Eritreans.

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Fence marking border between Egypt and Israel.

Fence marking border between Egypt and Israel.

The Bible teaches us that Moses and Aaron went in, and told the Pharaoh of Egypt, “Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, ” that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness in Exodus 5:1. These were the order given by God 1550 years before Jesus time. In the Biblical Exodus Hebrews crossing  the Red Sea from Egypt to the Promised Land passed through the Sinai Peninsula over 40 years after being over 400 years  slaves in Egypt. Today in the beginning of the 21st century,  after over 40 years of symbolic independence many Africans  are fleeing from the new pharaohs of dictatorial Africa. Those who cross Egypt to find a save heaven to Israel are victimized with unseen brutality from Egyptian Border Guard. They are fleeing from decorators    who grip power and  put their people in  through inhuman treatment not seen in the  Biblical or colonial periods, particularly in the famine affected horn of Africa.

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The police brutality and the incoherence of the Egyptian politics with Africans are highly demonstrated with the resent massacre of the African refugees crossing the Sinai to Israel. The recent or the flagrant massacre of the Sudanese refuges in Cairo in day light is a shameful act too.

Egypt as a historical country is at a cross road seeking an Africans support  against the recent Nile basin act. Such in human brutality against the Africans will not serve her national and regional interest over the Nile Waters. These assassinated refugees are the same running from the dictators who are menacing to dam the Nile waters from Egypt. Egypt must be a country of exile and support for the Africans in distress. How can an Egyptian shot and kill an African running away from Damming dictators of the East Africa? Egyptian police has been known for its brutality against its own citizens and worst for Africans in recent days. The days of Gamal Abdel Nasser who made Egypt the home of Africans in exile is now made a far away souvenir by the new breed of  Egyptian forces.

The recent shooting bring is in mind to many an answered interrogations preparing the coming hopefully democratic election in the country to change the ruling dynasty :-

-Who gave the Egyptian boarder gourds order to shoot the innocent Africans ?

-To whose interest are they committing this in human act?

-Is this act committed for the for the interest of the Palestinians or Israelis?

– Are they killing in the name of the interest of Egypt, or just massacring favor of Horn of African dictators?

These are innocent refugees who are leaving the territory of Egypt to word Israel who are shot cold bloodedly. This is a mere act of pure impunity and if it continues to be considered as a racist Massacre against Africans. Egypt is just playing on the interest of the African dictators. And this brutality will not change the position of these African Pharaohs towards Egypt concerning the Nile waters rather demonstrates Egyptian weakness by not forcing the international water sharing polices against these Damming New generation of Water Dictators. Egyptian police has proved its impunity in her continues imposition of martial law for the last 30 years in the country. Egypt’s 30 years of state of emergency gives the national police force all the powers to overstep the right to peaceful assembly, arrest individuals without warrant and hold detainees indefinitely without charge. Recent killings in the daylight a young journalist is the best living example of such impunity. Khaled Said Qasem was beaten to death by undercover police shortly after he posted a video online that showed police officers splitting profits from a drug deal. The 28-year-old was arrested in an Internet café by plainclothes policemen and taken out to the street where plainclothes security men then fatally attacked him, according to witness accounts recorded by IFEX members. Although the police initially said that Said Qasem died because he swallowed drugs before his arrest, photos of his bludgeoned body have been widely circulated on social media websites in Egypt. On 3 July 2010, two police officers were charged with torture, but not murder, in relation to Said Qasem’s beating. Such brutality is playing in the hands of the extremist forces in the country and destroying her image as a safe haven for international tourists. At several public demonstrations held throughout June to protest the brutal police killing of activist Khaled Said Qasem in Alexandria on 6 June 2010, dozens of protesters were beaten and arbitrarily arrested, report the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI),

Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

African killed on the borders are not African Jews immigrating to Israel via Egypt, they are rather simple African innocent refugees. The African Jews have their proper channel and are flowed to Israel in thousands officially. If they were Jews running from Africa to join the promised land that the Egyptian police shot dead, it would have been a worldwide scandal for their rescues. And the state for Israel would have not been a silent complicit for such in human act around its borders. According to Egypt’s official MENA news agency, the Egyptian officials that the smugglers killed the refugees. These authorities are misinformed since it is well known in Khartoum and Cairo that all pass-men get their cash before their departure. And well distributed among the guards and the smugglers of Egypt and Sudan. And the killings were mere massacre by the un paid border guards who did not have a share. Mostly the guards and the smugglers are working hand in hand. According to our collected information it happens even those guards who are a part and parcel of these highly lucrative human trafficking business fight each other victimizing the refugees. Often disagreement flares between the different smuggling guards and start shooting at the smugglers and refugees. Egypt’s interior ministry confirmed as usual that an investigation was under way into the incident, this just a face saving declaration as seen in the past with no suit. In the recent killing an official at the ministry declared that in one day a lady and two Eritreans were killed on Egypt’s border with Israel, and that three people were wounded. Fifteen others were arrested by Egyptian border police. In total, the group consisted of three-dozen African migrants attempting to flee has been brutally killed in the last three months crossing to Israel. Many refugees are buried on the road to exile without anyone knowing who they are and why they were killed. Many young girls are victim of rape and inhuman treatment others are killed even crossing too the Libyan side of the border from Sudan. Egypt of 21st century must not be the pharaoh of 16th cen.BCE who fights the Hebrews crossing to the Sinai to the Promised Land.

The victims even confirmed that their respective dictatorial governments   of the Horn of Africa who asked Egypt to shoot them at sight if  they got caught crossing to Israel. In other words it is considered for  many  muslin countries in Horn as a betrayal to Islamic principles and engulfing the principles of Zionism by crossing to the occupied territories. Thus they become victim of atrocities. But this will give no  reason for the Egyptian to shoot them and torture them when they are in Egypt. The Sudanese were shot on the streets of Cairo with impunity not only caught  crossing the borders  to Israel.  Egypt must make her house in order and respect Internationale human rights.

These continues impunity against the Africans must be condemned and the culprit must come to justice and an independent enquiry must immediately established by the UN to stop the Egyptian continual cold blood massacre of the African innocent refugees running away from injustice and harsh dictatorship at home.  Please make your appeals.

By Prof. Muse Tegegne

Border Police with refugees caught on the Egyptian border

Make your Appeals to save the Life of  of Africans

Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Arabic, English or your own language:
– expressing concern that  men and women have been shot dead by Egyptian security forces since the beginning of , as they attempted to cross the border into Israel,
– noting the order of the military prosecutor to have an autopsy on Mervat Mer Hatover and calling
calling on the authorities to order a thorough and impartial investigation into the killings inline with the UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions, to make the result of this investigation public and to bring anyone found to have used excessive or illegal force to justice,
– reminding the authorities that Egypt\’s security forces, including border police, are required to use lethal force only when their own lives are in immediate danger.

APPEALS TO:-
Interior Minister
Minister Habib Ibrahim El Adly
Ministry of the Interior
25 Al-Sheikh Rihan Street
Bab al-Louk
Cairo, EGYPT
Fax: +20 2 279 0682
Email: moi@idsc.gov.eg
Salutation: Dear Minister

Minister of Defence
Mohamed Hussein Tantawi
Ministry of Defence and Military Production
23 July Street
Kobry el Obba
Cairo, EGYPT
Fax: +202 22906004
Email: mod@afmic.gov.eg
mmc@afmic.gov.eg
Salutation: Dear Minister

COPIES TO:

President, national human rights council
Dr Botros Botros Ghali
National Council for Human Rights
1113 Corniche of the Nil-
Midane Al Tahrir-
Specialized National Councils Building- 11 floor
Cairo, EGYPT
Fax: +20 2 2574 7497/14
Email: nchr@nchr.org.eg

The long road of death, massacre in Sinai

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN 08/18/2010

They are hung from trees by metal chains attached to their arms and provided with plastic bags to collect their urine to drink when they are Darfurian refugees in Tel Aviv.thirsty. They are gang raped, tortured with electricity and held prisoner in desert camps. When they escape they are shot, either by their Beduin captors or by Egyptian police. These savage and disturbing details, published piecemeal over the years, are just a part of the picture of what is being done in Egypt’s Sinai desert to African migrants. The story probably begins with the end of the Ethiopia-Eritrea War in 2000, the beginning of the Darfur genocide in 2003 and the end of the war in South Sudan in 2005, each of which in its own way created numerous refugees. In December 2005, Egypt began cracking down on African migrants, in one infamous incident many (between 10 and 60) were massacred by police attempting to clear a park of their encampments. This helped provide incentive to travel further afield, with Europe a tough destination, they trickled into Sinai and thence to Israel. Eritreans, who now make up the majority of refugees (10,000+), have been arriving in Israel since 2007. In that year it was reported that 48 African refugees deported to Egypt by Israel had been abused and then disappeared. One migrant claimed Egyptians imprisoned him and “poured boiling water on his body.” At the time Egypt was busy trying to get rid of the refugees, sending them back to Sudan if possible. Criticism about the “disappearances” was raised by activists in 2007 mostly to complain that Israel should stop its “hot return” policy of immediately returning refugees to Egypt. One report alleged that 139 refugees had disappeared. What the disappearances highlight is the increasing brutalization meted out to Africans in Sinai beginning in 2007. Between July 2007 and October 2008, the media reported that 33 Africans were shot in Sinai while trying to cross the border into Israel. By March of 2010 more than sixty had been killed. The man charged with implementing the policy is General Muhammad Shousha, governor of north Sinai. For him it is quite clear; “of course it’s not a mistake that we shoot them, it’s necessary to shoot them. To deal with an infiltrator, he has to be fired at.” The migrants reported that the Egyptian border guards shot at women and children and that if they were captured alive they were then subjected to beatings and insults; “you are a Jew” and “you are the enemy of the Arabs and of Islam.” They also claimed that the Egyptians wanted to know who trafficked them. Suspicion of the Africans is part of a larger story. Some Egyptians argue that the smuggling is bad because it strengthens Israel; one Sinai resident claims “we are helping Israel. These migrants will go, take away Arabs’ jobs, work in agriculture and construction and it will all contribute to Israel’s plans.” The privately owned, independent Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Youm has done some intrepid reporting on other horrors experienced by the migrants while in Sinai. An Ethiopian named Youssef related that he had gone to Khartoum in Sudan to work in a hotel and was approached by a Sudanese man who promised him a job in Egypt. He boarded a truck with others from Sudan and Eritrea and was transported in five days to Sinai. There he discovered the lure of a job was a scam and instead he was imprisoned by his Beduin smugglers. They demanded $3,000 and told him they would then take him to the Israeli border. Another man named Ali, also from Ethiopia, experienced a similar bait-and-switch. He was beaten daily and told to phone family and raise money for his release. IN JANUARY the Israeli police arrested an Ethiopian and two Eritrean migrants for involvement in extortion and human smuggling. The three men had been hired by Beduin in Sinai to contact families of imprisoned Africans in Israel and extort money for the release of their family members being held in Sinai.


The Egyptian territory has become a human prison for African migrants.

When arrested the men had $100,000, evidently collected to be sent on to Sinai for the release of African refugees. The stories coming out of Sinai are horrifying. Migrants speak of desert camps run by the Rashida Beduin tribe. They are watched over by armed guards and tortured by being scalded with heated metal bars. Modern day slavery exists. One woman, Wizar Tasapai from Eritrea, was tied up and kept in a fuel tank and told her kidneys would be sold if her family in Israel didn’t pay $2,800. The Beduin told her cousin “the girl is in a bad condition. She is beaten and raped.” Her family paid the ransom to an Eritrean at the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv and he transferred it to Beduin. The woman eventually made it to Israel. Rape seems to be a typical brutality carried out by the Beduin smugglers against African women. An Eritrean woman reported to the Israeli authorities in February 2010 that she had been raped by eight Beduin men in Sinai. A July 2010 report noted that women were often separated from the men and that they were all held in prisons underground. In the same month the bodies of 10 African migrants were found mutilated in Sinai. According to the Beduin of northern Sinai, the Egyptian security forces arrest them on smuggling charges. But a recent incident seems to contradict those claims. On August 14th it was reported that 300 Africans were being held prisoner at a Beduin camp. One of them managed to steal a weapon and free several others. In an ensuing gun battle six Eritreans were killed. Egyptian police fanned out from al-Mahdeyya village, south of Rafah and shot two fleeing Eritreans and arrested 17 others. There was no report that the Egyptians tried in any way to free those migrants being held captive. The Egyptian police seem primarily interested in killing or expelling the migrants. Today Sinai has become a human prison, a place of death, gang rape and murder. While initially many of the Africans were refugees it seems now that, as with the sex slave trade in Eastern European women that was a staple of the 1990s in Sinai, the slave trade in Africans in Sinai has become a business – one where victims are recruited and then transported to Israel only as a way to get rid of the human cargo. Israel has decent relations with Egypt’s security forces in Sinai. It is time to send the message that only a massive and coordinated crackdown on the Beduin smugglers will stop the flow of illegal immigrants, help Egypt’s image and end the hell that Sinai has become. The writer is a PhD researcher at Hebrew University and a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies


Egypt police clash with smugglers along Israel border

Egyptian policeman injured in a battle with group assisting African migrants to cross to Israel from Sinai.

By DPA Policeman Magdy Abdelghany, 23, was injured in the exchange of fire. He is currently being treated in el-Arish hospital. The smugglers and the group of migrants they were assisting escaped and are believed to be hiding in the Sinai desert, police said. Separately, police confirmed that a Russian man had been arrested while trying to cross the border into Israel on Tuesday. He said he had paid smugglers 1,000 dollars to help him reach Israel, where he hoped to find work. The man is being held in el-Arish prison, and the Russian embassy in Cairo has been informed of the case. Smugglers and migrants regularly try to enter Israel illegally, often to find work. In many cases, police open fire on them, though human rights groups have sharply criticized the growing number of fatalities. The 250-kilometre-long border is guarded on the Egyptian side by a maximum of 750 policemen.

Traffickers injure Egyptian policeman on Israeli border

Wed, 18/08/2010 – 16:04 Almasryalyoum

Rafah–An Egyptian policeman has been injured following clashes with a group of Bedouins who were trying to smuggle a number of Africans across the Egyptian border to Israel, security sources said. A security source told Al-Masry Al-Youm that Magdy Abdel Ghany, 22, received minor injuries from the clash, which took place late Tuesday night south of the Rafah border crossing. Ghany’s attackers managed to flee, according to the source. At least four African immigrants were killed on Saturday in clashes with smugglers in the Egyptian city of Rafah. Egypt has been complaining of a rising tide of African migrants crossing its borders to Israel, assisted by Bedouin gangs. Israel says 20,000 African immigrants have made it into Israel through Egypt since 2007. International organizations accuse Egypt of using excessive force when countering illegal migration by Africans to Israel. Egypt has defended its approach as a means of protecting its sovereignty and national security. Already this year Egyptian security forces have killed 23 African immigrants on route to Israel; in 2009 the number was 19. Translated from the Arabic Edition.

According to Reuters, the  violence brings the number of migrants killed near the Egypt-Israel border this year to at least 28, up from 19 in 2009. Twenty-four of those killed this year were shot dead by Egyptian security forces and four by smugglers.

According to the UNHCR , the  latest victim was killed  first two months of 2010. The great majority of the people killed since Egypt and Israel agreed to toughen border controls in Sinai in the summer of 2007 are reported to have been from Sub-Saharan Africa — in particular from Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia.

At least 33 were reported killed in the Sinai between July 2007 and October 2008. After a six-month period when there were no reported shootings, at least 19 more would-be migrants or refugees are believed to have been shot dead between May and December 2009. The victims are said to include several women and at least one child.

“The fact that these shootings stopped for six months, and then resumed, strongly suggests that the killings follow a pattern that does not appear to be random,” the High Commissioner said.

Witness Describes Refugee’s Death

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