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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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Eritrean migrants resettled from Israel to Sweden

After an agreement between Sweden, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Israel and the government of Israel dozens of migrants have been relocated from Israel to Sweden. In 2013, according to Israeli governement, 2613 migrants were relocated from Israel to Sweden. They were mainly from Sudan and Eritrea.

Once they are in Israel, Eritrean migrants are often held in prisons like Saharonim, where their basic needs are not adequately addressed. By its actions Israel makes clear that the refugees are not welcome, despite the terrible experiences which many have been through in after being abducted, held and tortured in Sinai. 

To read the full article: Eritrean migrants resettled from Israel to Sweden

 

Report: Media coverage

One of the reasons why the report "The Human Trafficle Cycle: Sinai and Beyond" was launched was to raise awareness about this issue, in order to inform the public and the International community about a tragedy that needs to be stopped.

Even though there is still a lot of work to do, since now, more than 200 articles have been published regarding the launch of the report and the Human Trafficking in the Sinai.

To see a list of the Articles: Media coverage "The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond"

BBC report

TraffickingCycle_EP_4_December_2013_Estefanos_vanreisen.jpgLast 4 of December, when the report was launched, BBC Arica covered the event. The channel interviewed Eritrea's ambassador to Ireland and England Tesfamichael Gerahtu, who denied that Eritrean officials were part of the Human Trafficking in the Sinai. People can't forget that he represents one of the harshest dictaorships in the world.

The BBC report also includes an interview with Mirjam van Reisen, co-author of "The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond" and director of EPPA.

To the see the BBC video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7MvUp93OOo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Launch in Cairo

Cairo-launch-eventThe presentation in Cairo of the Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond that took place to coincide with the meeting in the European Parliament on 4 December brought together some 150 people.  

It was significant in that it was one of the first occassions in Egypt when a public meeting has explicity addressed what is happening in the Sinai.  Many of the survivors of the exploitative practices of the traffickers that hold refugees in Sinai for ransom subsequently live precariously in Cairo. 

We want to thank the organizing team for their great work and their tireless commitment on this issue, and congratulate them on the event.

You can find some pictures of the launch in Cairo: Pictures Launch in Cairo

Videos from the launch in Brussels

TraffickingCycle EP 4 December 2013 Schmidt FotorWatch the launch of The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond and hear the presentations. You can watch the final statement to the meeting of EU Home Affairs  Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom and the statement MEP Olle Schmidt. You can also find a testimony from a Sinai survivor. Further videas will be added to the link below

Cecilia Malmstrom "We will do our ultimate to stop this tragedy"

Olle Schmidt "We have to stop this! This is unacceptable! I think Europe is not doing enough!"

See the link to the videos: Videos Launch in Brussels

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