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The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond
Authors: Mirjam van Reisen, Meron Estefanos & Conny Rijken

This study looks at what happens to people who are captured, extorted and tortured in the Sinai. Treated as commodities, sold and resold – these people are trafficked. The vocabulary of ‘warehouses’ and ‘auctions’ and the negotiation of the ‘price’ of the hostages is reminiscent of the age of slavery, when the value of people was determined by their market price.
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Asylum seekers and refugees start a hunger strike in Israel

One thousand African Asylum Seekers walked out of Israel's Holot Detention Facility in protest of the inhumane conditions and indefinite detention by Israeli authorities, marching to the Egypt-Israel border. They began a hunger strike after having been arrested by the police during their sit-in. 

Read more: Asylum seekers and refugees start a hunger strike in Israel

‘The Human Cost of Fortress Europe’: the new Report by Amnesty International

193186-EUR 050012014  Fortress Europe complete webThe human and economic costs of the Europe's border protection policies has been quantified Amnesty International.  Nearly €4 billion has been spent by the EU for asylum procedures, integration, return of third country nationals and border control over the past 7 years, of which €1,820 million was allocated for border protection. Only €700 million has been used to protect asylum-seekers and refugees in the EU.

Read more: ‘The Human Cost of Fortress Europe’: the new Report by Amnesty International

Norway, Belgium, Israel: the distress call of Eritrean migrants

A fate of Eritrean refugees has become increasingly prominent. A recent visit to Eritrea by a Norwegian politician for discussion about the possible repatriation of 500 Eritrean “exit-mandatory” migrants; a campaign in Israel to support African migrants who have been victims of torture in the Sinai; protests in Brussels and other parts of Europe to mark World refugee day and the European Summit's deliberations of EU migration policy. 

Read more: Norway, Belgium, Israel: the distress call of Eritrean migrants

Where is your brother?

hashela1Catholic bishops from Eritrea have published a pastoral letter on the situation in the country. The letter is signed by Father Mengsteab Tesfamariam, Eparch of Asmara,  Father Tomas Osman, Eparch of Barentu, Father Kidane Yeabio, Eparch of Keren, and Father Feqremariam Hagos, Eparch of Segeneiti. Entitled “Where Is Your brother?” the pastoral letter warns that “on top of the crisis of people leaving their country, the family unit is fragmented because members are scattered in [national] service, army, rehabilitation centers, prisons, whereas the aged parents are left with no one to care for them and have been spiritually damaged. And all that combined is making the country desolate.” The bishops also ask for humane treatment of the prisoners.

See the following links for media coverage of the pastoral letter:

Awate.com - Eritrean Catholic Bishops ask "Where is your brother?"
BBC - Eritrea 'desolate' - Catholic Bishops 
Asmarino - The most daring message to come out of Eritrea

Defected Information Minister speaks out

ali-abdu1The Minister of Information of the Eritrean Government defected in 2012 to Australia. In an official declaration he confirms the involvement of military from Eritrea in smuggling and trafficking of its people, especially naming General Kifle Munjus. The Declaration is also testimony to the regime's practice to punish parents for the disloyalty of their children, adults or minors. It also speaks of the terrible circumstance of youth in the 'national service' or workcamps and the abuse of girls performing services for the senior military.

To read the statement of Ali Abdu Ahmed click here

Media exposure

YouTube SymposiumMarga Klompé Symposium - Tilburg University
Statement Mirjam van Reisen (YouTube)Interview EEPA Director Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen
Statement Meron Estefanos (YouTube)Interview Meron Estefanos
Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen on the legacy of Marga Klompe