The desert of death Israel – Egypt border Ridge line at the border of Israel – Egypt
Sinai seems peaceful, inviting and relaxing. But not far away,
Several tens of kilometers inward, There is an organized network
Of extortion and torture. Aziza is a nun
who was born in Eritrea, Did not want to believe what they told her
Asylum seekers who arrived from there. A person who wishes to come to Israel from Sudan,
Eritrea or other African countries, Trans Egypt
and must pass through the Sinai. This area is largely
Strip of land without an owner, Controlled by the Bedouin tribes,
Including the infamous Rashida clan. This desert smuggling routes pass drug
Weapons and people In the detention facility “crescent”
We met three asylum seekers Crossing the fence about a month ago They did not imagine
How brutal will be the road that starts paying Bedouin smugglers
Deep inside Egypt. We made a contract with the smugglers,
We paid 2000$. But when we got to Sinai
Kidnapped us somewhere else. They went out of the car, some people,
and separated us. Bedouin who bought us
Since the weapons at us, Then they tied our
hands and feet Covered our heads with a blanket
To not see where they were taking us. We were there 85 people. They divided us into two groups
Each took a different place. They were sold in Sinai to another smuggler, But still did not understand
Nightmare has just begun We received one slice of bread, one tomato
One cucumber each full day. They entered the room with guns,
Iron bars and clubs and told everyone: Now you have to pay. If you get the money, survive.
If not – we will kill you. They were kept under these conditions
Three weeks, Then came the demand from the kidnappers. We said we can not Bedouins
Ask for such sums of money. My whole family together
There is no such sum. Bedouins demanded that they raise a ransom amounts
For release 5,000 to 10,000 dollars per person, Fantastic sums to those
who earned a dollar a day. They put a gun to my temple
when I talked to my family. I contacted all my friends
I begged them to send me money. This money they had to raise their families
or acquaintances in Israel. Those not able to raise the money,
having violence has increased. During the phone call hit
me with an iron rod To the other side of the phone
hear the screams. You have to shout,
Because if you do not hit you harder. They put us on the stomach and began to
Hit our back and spine. Stick can be broken easily so they used iron bars. They cut people’s feet with knives.
Burned us with a hot iron. The women who were with us they took every night, I do not know where. Tel aviv, this week They took the women from the camp. Raped them. Some of them were sold to other Bedouins as slaves sex. This small room in south Tel Aviv Maathai raising her baby. She’s 32 year old.
In Sinai, in captivity, she carried him in her stomach. That’s what saved her from what is happening to women there. Maathai (pseudonym) – Huahka six months in the Sinai I was pregnant during captivity.
So not raped me, But the other women raped all the time. I wanted to commit suicide. I could not anymore. In the next room Saanaet. She’s only 20
And she has been traumatized for life Saanaet (alias) People were crying and shouting all the time there. But there was nobody to help us. This is not about individual cases, but an entire apparatus of exploitation branched and transfer of funds. Some relatives of the asylum seekers who were asked for a ransom brokers in Israel, contacted the police who opened an investigation. It’s a sophisticated network.
OK? The brain is in the Egyptian side and Money should be given
By the same family to the local contacts in Sinai and Israel also acted Aritriaym who collaborated with the Bedouins Some of them involved in community and those who started businesses here. One of the suspects ran an Internet cafe
at the central, has become a businessman in Israel. We found the acoustic ceiling was there, We found hidden there
Amounts of more than half a million shekels.
(130k$) How much money this business rolling?
Millions, It just rolls of millions of dollars.
– these places Money more powerful than anything else, right?
– There is no doubt. Many times this issue was and Was thrown to the suspects in the investigation “How can you make it your brothers”? “You know what they are going through there.” This degradation often head down. Money is dirty. For money he gave to
his brothers suffer. He will pay for it. Wait a few takes.
Someday God will avenge them. After a complex investigation
the police filed charges against four detainees now mediators But the area already are probably others. I called my friends.
I was forced to pay $ 9,000. I never believed I could raise the money. All of my friends joined, Collected $ 9,000 and took me from Hell South Tel Aviv last weekend Once a month they meet at this little club Several dozen people who were imprisoned together
for almost six months in the Sinai Now they are trying to cope with the trauma
but – alone And often in silence Some lifted shirt,
Ahasapo the scars, Then one mother came across
the room with her baby. In Sinai, he was six months old And his leg has a scar from the chain
which was connected to his mother four months They get here and what?
What the State of Israel is doing? State of Israel does very little. They do not get anything No access to health care,
not access to social services, No work permits.
They depend on air. On the other side, Egyptian
is there some one to talk to out there? The answer is actually not Generally what happens in Sinai
exists for years Every time it another way
Now that asylum seekers In the past, the early 2000s
the end of the 90s It was thousands of trafficked women There is also a tacit acceptance of Israel and Egypt to Maintain the status quo
just Let it happen Take a moment on what you think
about these people Call them “refugees”,””Infiltrators,Migrant “workers”
Whatever Ultimately these people are here without
support without Treatment. They carry the scars from Sinai
and debt that they be required to return to family or friends who paid for release. And they still think about those who stayed there Were with us five members who were unable to pay When I think of them, I’m on the verge of tears I pray God to help for those who remained in the Sinai to Reach a safety place as I am