Jun 4 2011
There but for the grace of God, TODAY, you too, would be the slave of an Arab Muslim if you lived in Sudan or many other African and Middle Eastern countries.
Consider this: Each year, between 600,000 and 800,000 human beings are captured and transported across international borders. There are at least 10 million slaves in the world today. There are more slaves now than any point in human history.
Torture, slavery in the Sinai: Many Africans hoping to go to Israel end up in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
Two women from Eritrea came separately to Israel seeking a better future. “I thought things would be much different from Africa,” say one of the women. “I got information from people who already arrived before me in Israel that the lifestyle is much better than Eritrea.” What they didn’t know was that the men they paid $2,500 to bring them to the Israeli border would repeatedly beat, rape and starve them during their long journey.
Theirs are not isolated stories. In 2010 alone more than 14,000 African migrants crossed Israel’s southern border with Egypt – nearly a 170 percent rise from the year before, according to government figures. And migrant aid organizations say with that surge has come an increase in horrific first-hand accounts of systematic torture, rape, and slavery, across the border, in the Sinai.