Helping to take a stand in the Sinai
September 20th, 2012
01:44 PM ET

Helping to take a stand in the Sinai

In the Sinai Desert a handful of groups is fighting ruthless people-traffickers who prey on desperate migrants trying to reach Israel from war-ravaged and poverty-stricken parts of Africa.

Many of them also live in an unwired world such as the Bedouins who operate a safe house and have persuaded others not to allow the traffickers to shop at their stores – a kind of localized sanctions.

In Israel there’s a free clinic for migrants run by the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, where Sister Aziza – who was profiled by CNN Freedom Project and honored by the U.S. State Department. The group also has this update about refugees arriving from the Sinai.

At the African Refugee Development Center they help refugees integrate into Israeli society.

The UNHCR in Egypt is also aware of the Sinai trafficking. And this page shows how you can help their programs in Egypt and elsewhere.


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  1. Berel Dov Lerner

    Wow. I guess Israel must not be such a bad place if non-Jewish black Africans are literally dying to get there! On the other hand, Israel is a tiny country already suffering from serious ethnic tensions between Jews and Arabs, Muslims and Christians, etc. I imagine that tens of millions of Africans would be glad to move to Israel if given a chance. While it is noble of Israel to open its doors to some African refugees. Israel simply cannot take on the problems of the entire African continent.

    September 21, 2012 at 6:09 am | Reply
    • Nazu

      There were 60 000 African refugees, after deporting 20 K they now have 40K left. No one is asking Israel to take care of all Africans, it is not like they do anything for the refugees anyways to begin with. They don't even use dignified name for the asylum seekers, they call them infiltrators, they don't supply with medical or welfare help to the refugees besides giving them an ID card nothing else. Funny part is the government is exploiting the refugees by hiring them in black market. Any city cleaner is an African who works in black market for the same government who threaten to imprison anyone who hires blacks.

      September 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
      • Berel Dov Lerner

        I think you are a bit confused about the situation. the 20,000 figure refers to the number of FUTURE illegal immigrants to be housed in holding facilities. You should visit South Tel Aviv sometime to see the public schools filled with the children of illegal African emigrants. You are also confused about the work situation. Plenty of the illegal African immigrants get permission to work in Israel – I know one such African personally and he works in agriculture and NOT for the government. I think your main source of confusion is that you do not understand the need to differentiate between legitimate asylum seekers and people, who (quite understandably) would like to receive more money for their work and live in a more developed country.

        September 24, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • Kiki

      Israel is connected to Africa which is why Africans fleeing over land routes end up there... It probably has little to do with whether Israel is a good place or a bad place... It's just better than where they are fleeing from. They probably in most cases have no idea what awaits them on the other side... How could they?
      There are immigrants and refugees all over the middle east- not just in israel. I've heard Jordan is very hospitable to refugees actually, to the point that they outnumber ethnic Jordanians.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  2. sreejith

    I can't belive this
    nice job cnn for revealing this

    September 21, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
  3. okosodo ehi francis

    i reckon the impact of poverty and bad leadership in Africa countries have led to modern day slavery. Slavery is evil, and sad which must stop. Those young people who escape from poverty into slavery should be treated with dignity

    September 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  4. kush singh

    I stand with lady for coming infront and telling the hell suffered by her. This incident definatelt tells that AN INTERNATIONAL LAW IS NEED FOR COORDIANTION & COOPERATION AMONG NATIONS FOR PUNISHING THE RAPIST...........hoping someone from United Nation is reading my text.

    September 21, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  5. Ahmad

    Where is the outrage in the Muslim world about this?

    September 22, 2012 at 9:30 am | Reply
    • Kiki

      What does this have to do with religion... More importantly Islam? Why would a Muslim in Malaysia be particularly more outraged than a Christian from America?
      This doesn't seem like a religious issue to me...

      September 27, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
  6. bizz

    Atleast these victims are lucky as their story is told to the world. How about Ethiopians and Somalians trapped under such the same or worst experience in Yemen deserts? Now the trafickers has switched to there. You can imagine such a fragile country where armed gangs are powerfull than the govt and how this situation best suits for such trafickers.

    September 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
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    I had a dream that a voise from heaven said they are taking two at a time
    before this i had a dream that a angel ripped the sky open with a silver sword and it made a thunderous noise
    louder than any i heard and the amngel was arrayed in silver all about him so wake up people and prey to the true God through Jesus Christ name, could you imagine if all the voises in heaven started talking and the world could hear them then the world would shut up and listen, and even the wids would not blow for the angels would hold back the four corners of the earth, and stop the winds, remember that you are created in God image so be kind to others and leave the children and womens families alone especially the poor ones they have enough to deal with then dealing with your evil ways to clean it up God bless

    April 11, 2013 at 10:47 am | Reply
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    Oh and by the way this isnt just religious this is the truth so get use to it and for smurckes out there this is the way of it ask God he will let you know that im real

    April 11, 2013 at 10:49 am | Reply
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    He will let you know one way or another

    April 11, 2013 at 10:49 am | Reply
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