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Thousands of Eritreans have died in the hands of traffickers, says report

Dutch and Swedish researchers have submitted a report entitled, The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond, to the European Union describing the horrors Eritreans who are trafficked go through. The report is based on interviews with surviving refugees, and covers the period between 2007 and 2012. It says in that period between 25,000 and 30,000 Eritreans were either Smuggled across borders by middlemen, or kidnapped from refugee camps by criminal networks sometimes with the help of Eritrean and Sudanese Security agencies. They were sold and resold to groups that took them to the Sinai region of Egypt with the promise that they would be helped to cross into Israel where they would apply for political asylum. Instead they were Taken hostage and tortured to put pressure on their relatives to pay enormous ransoms. Between 5000 and 10,000 are believed to have died in captivity. Some were killed even after the ransoms had been paid. Some of the victims were children as young as two or three years. The report names a senior Eritrean Army officer, General Teklai Kifle 'Manjus', as a key figure at the centre of the trafficking of the Eritreans. The General and other senior Eritrean officers have also been named by the United Nations Monitoring Group for involvement in human trafficking.


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