September 26th, 2012
04:02 PM ET

'Stand in the Sinai' now online

As part of the Freedom Project CNN this year returned to Egypt’s Sinai Desert where people-smugglers abuse, rape and hold for ransom desperately poor refugees.

In 2011 “Death in the Desert” uncovered evidence that traffickers tortured the refugees, and in some cases harvested their organs for sale on the black market, leaving many of their victims to die.

This year, in “Stand in the Sinai” we saw how the battle against the traffickers was progressing and found Bedouins, dedicated aid workers and former refugees fighting the horrific trade in human suffering.

Now for the first time you can watch the entire documentary online here in three parts.


soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Why aren't you transalating what he is really saying. he is saying that they were being burned alive using burnt plastic bags dripping hot melted plastic on their backs

    September 27, 2012 at 3:05 am | Reply
    • Sam

      Thank you CNN for covering this stroy and shedding light on their darkness.

      September 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  2. Peter

    I second the above comments, I wish to thank CNN for covering this story. Better late than never!

    September 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  3. AMERICAN-ISRAELI RUTHLESSNESS

    Why does this Trafficikig happen just now – not earlier and not in the future? May be it is time for the US-Israeli NWO Advenutre/ Discovery to start with full engagements. For such actions, they need naturaly pretexts (especially for the elimination of the name Palestina) at the costs of the victims from East Africa !

    SHAME -SHAME-SHAME for the greedy western nations!!!

    The killer is not the Bedouins, but Israel / USA with heir cruel agents!

    September 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
    • jomamma

      are you high or just flat out stupid? this has NOTHING

      September 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
      • sawolf

        Arabs murder and he blames the Jews, hate makes him stupid.

        October 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Hamdy Al-azazy

      Dear CNN , Thank you very much to share me this story and make me the Hero of this story and hope to complete my Job and stop these suffering in Sinai , and dream to find the criminal in Israel also like mafia of Human Trade stop work use the Africans and the Refugees in Israel to take there Organs ( in Abu Kabeer Morgue in in Israel ) really looking from CNN to make report , to know from where the Human Organs in USA market ? 90% from Israel .
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      Hamdy Al-azazy – Chairman

      Me and all the nice Bedouins in Sinai working hard to destroy these criminal .Thanks

      October 2, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
      • bruce

        The mentality of this Human being is the reason that Israel will always be at war. As an American taxpayer the first thing the USA needs to do is force these idiots controlling the mass media in Egypt,Gaza, Jordan,ect to stop broadcasting this insanity or no money because the idiots believe it and idiots can still shoot a rocket and the idiots like to shoot rockets from next to schools and populated areas because they are idiots.When they get hit back they go look at what the jews are doing . Everbody knows Jews steal European organs and european blood to dip are matzoh not African anyway??

        October 8, 2012 at 8:28 am |
      • Experiencing God

        Thank you Mr. Hamdy for all your hard work. Your reward is so much greater than any amount of money.

        And thank you CNN and your reporters for bringing light to this issue.

        October 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Areyoucrazy

      Bury your head in the sand, crazy Jihadi!! Stop blaming the jews and Israel for the chaos being caused by your fellow crazy Jihadi nut jobs all over the world. Strap a bomb to your chest and blow yourself up.

      October 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
      • mansour

        you must believe that anyone in Israel is not capable of doing human and organ trafficking, why is that ? what does palestinian suicide bombers of the 90s fighting for a cause have to do with Israeli organ trafficing ? R u justifying or just ignoring ? they busted a group of hesidic jews just a year ago in NJ trafficing palestinian organs to the USA , it was all over the news...wake up and stop crying anti semitism ...criminals exist in all religions believe it or not, INCLUDING JEWS....

        October 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
  4. gene

    If Israel didn't agree to give back the Sinai this would have never occurred. The world has changed and it looks like we are going back to the 11Century.

    September 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • Bruce C

      Israel has rescued many. also, Sudanese who made it to Egypt are beaten and shot at by the Egyptian populace and if they go to the police they get beaten.. This shiekh is doing good things.

      September 29, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
    • Hamdy Al-azazy

      Israel can not back to Sinai , forget , because it,s will be the End of Israel , and Sinai will be graves and Tombs of the invaders even from Israel or any place in the world .

      October 2, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
      • Zamabartoot

        You arabs are the greatest talkers. The world has been hearing about throwing the Jews into the sea for the last 65 years. Openly declaring genocide on the Jews and getting away with it. The result was each time you arabs suffered the most disgraceful and humiliating defeat. Hey you guys are 100 times the size of Israel, 50 times the population,10 times the weapons, Defeating Israel should be the easiest thing. But you will never win because you people are stupid cowards. Isrel should welcome another war because this time they will take Sinai and you can say goodbye to it forever! And if ahMADinejad wants to start a nuclear war that's also great because it will be the end of the arab world and all their bombastic talk.

        October 5, 2012 at 11:25 am |
      • sawolf

        Like in'56, '67, and '73?

        October 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
      • mansour

        Zamabartoot I agree the arabs will never win a war, but not because they are cowards, because they are run by cowards and millitary forces and because the balance of powers and the enforcer of that (USA) is run by the greatest most powerful country in the world, Israel....look at IRAQ...the only true power that was a threat to ISrael and the US did the job of destroying it on behalf of ISrael, look at IRAN, as its growing to be the next greatest thing to threaten Israel, the drums of war has been banging by the Israelis for the US to attack them for over a decade on Israel behalf but luckly the USA has been smart about it, at least thus far...look at Syria, Egypt...if you think its just a coincidence that these countries are going through what they are going then you have no clue about anything....I do give Israel credit, they run the show...they bark but let us the USA do the dirty work and pay of it...So yes, Arabs will never win cause they have a bigger enemy that Israel called their own governments, run and controlled by the all mighty dollar!

        October 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
  5. fight4right

    it takes about over 10k and more African death to barely get some attention in the world media. Fact is these nomads are animals and so is the Israelies and the Egyptians (with exceptions of those 1 or 2 who have stood up) The Eritreans and South sudanese are peaceful people and never would do such inhumane act. But these racist Israelis and Egyptians have a dirty heart specially over africans Knowing this the Egyptian governemnt allows this to happen and make it difficult or anyone to intervene because they dont give a dammn how many Africans die the Israelis after all this create hell by doing what arabs do them terrozing these poor immigrants even if some come by kidnapping. fact is evil will never prevail as time will change.

    October 4, 2012 at 4:44 am | Reply
  6. Zamabartoot

    The Israelis are not in the Sinai so they are not the ones abusing the Africans. Stop lying and admit that it is the palestinians who are doing all this disgusting stuff. If the Egyptians want to stop the human trafficking they can easily do it because they control the area. But everyone knows that the arabs spit on africans and treat them like dirt. Slavery officially ended in the arab countries as late as the 1960's but unofficially it still continues secretly till today. And these slaves are fellow muslims. The africans try to go to Israel because they know that they will be treated better there and have more opportunities than in any arab or muslim country.

    October 5, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
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  9. gopika

    actually this slaery, abuse, its still going on which is very bad. so CNN news lets join hands to stop thos

    May 2, 2014 at 9:07 am | Reply
    • gopika

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      May 2, 2014 at 9:08 am | Reply
  10. ahmad

    The fare worse things in the world is the slavery of man God has created man loose in order to embrace the Zia sun and meditated in the beauty of the universe and makes civilization and stomps his feet on the ignorance that poverty, slavery and injustice of slavery and the lack of things in our lives bondage that have not been distributed justice in the world, slavery will keep burning the bodies of the weak

    The fare worse things in the world is the slavery of man God has created man loose in order to embrace the Zia sun and meditated in the beauty of the universe and makes civilization and stomps his feet on the ignorance that poverty, slavery and injustice of slavery and the lack of things in our lives bondage that have not been distributed justice in the world, slavery will keep burning the bodies of the weak

    July 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Reply

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