The Body Snatchers – Egypt

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Journeyman Pictures
March 2012

Some of the Sinai Desert’s Bedouin are using their new found freedom to turn to crime. This report reveals how they are using their autonomy to torture and murder Israel-bound refugees for hostage ransoms and even body parts.

Thousands or refugees from Eritrea and Sudan cross the Sinai Desert in search of a better life in Israel, but many are subjected to a worse fate at the hands of profiteering Bedouin gangsters. Mohammed Al Ramadan was tortured for 40 days whilst held ransom for $30,000: “They burnt me with fire, they were beating me with a whip.” However, the Bedouins’ impunity in the Sinai desert has fostered a trafficking trade with consequences far more brutal than a hefty ransom: “They trade in body parts, they slaughter people”. In fact, forensic evidence suggests that many of the African victims have had their kidneys, livers and lungs removed with professional precision. A deadly clash between rival tribes also implies that controlling the refugees route is a lucrative business. With the security forces reluctant to curb this profitable busines there is fear the phenomenon can only get worse.

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