Target: Interim President Adly Mansour, Egypt
Goal: Stop the kidnapping and torture of refugees in Sinai Peninsula
Human trafficking gangs along the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt have been kidnapping and torturing innocent refugees for monetary gain. To date, thousands of East Africans fleeing their homelands to escape political turmoil or set roots in Israel have fallen victim to the sadistic and unreasonable practices of criminal trafficking rings — as the Egyptian government continues its lackadaisical and sluggish effort to stop the unjustness.
According to The Human Rights Watch, Egyptian officials have dismissed the severity of the abuse happening in their country; which includes rape, burning, physical mutilation, electric shocks, hangings and traumatic emotional stress. Some refugees are kept for weeks, even months, as trafficking criminals inflict bodily harm on them while their helpless families listen through a mobile phone. If their families are unable to pay these enormous ransoms, many individuals are never seen or heard from again.
One example of the dire situation on the Sidai Peninsula is that of a young woman named Haben*. Nine months pregnant and detained in chains, Haben’s traffickers beat her mercilessly; demanding that her husband pay an astronomical $35,000 ransom before they let her free. What’s more is that Haben gave birth under these wrongful conditions, next to weeping captives — while she was still confined to her shackles.
It’s hard to believe that this is happening in 2014, but the as we fight to understand these harrowing truths, there are individuals dying in vein at the hands of unconcerned government officials; interested in tourism and revenue instead of human rights. The most shocking revelation is how divided the government is from its people; with many traffickers claiming that they partake in the ordeal because the government doesn’t care.
The Egyptian government is ripe with the power to stop these human trafficking gangs and end the callous and violent treatment of innocent refugees. Sign the petition to tell Egypt’s Interim President Adly Mansour to stop these human trafficking criminals once and for all.
*name has been changed to protect this person’s identity
Dear Adly Mansour,
A recent report by The Human Rights Watch entitled “I Wanted to Lie Down and Die” details the abuse and torture of several individuals at the hands of human trafficking rings along the Sinai Peninsula. No longer can you deny the atrocities taking place in your country — especially at a spot renowned for its tourism.
Women have been raped, burned beaten while other captives watch helplessly. Men have been hung from ceilings, their bodies mutilated and fingers broken as they plead with their families to send traffickers money to ensure their freedom. And, most, if not all, refugees suffer life-threatening skin conditions because of detainment in filthy chains for weeks, sometimes months, at a time.
It is time for Egypt to take a stand and fight these unlawful, inhumane traffickers and free these men, women and children from these appalling conditions. No one deserves to experience such neglect or torture. No one deserves to die for monetary gain.
[Your Name Here]
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