Fears over African migrants held by Sinai Bedouin

December 31, 2010

African migrants

Human rights groups say Bedouin smuggling gangs are holding over a hundred African migrants for ransom in the Sinai desert. The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes has had rare access to smugglers close to the Israeli border.

Dusk is falling across the desert as we arrive at our rendezvous. It has taken five hours to get here from Cairo via a circuitous route to avoid the Egyptian police checkpoints.

We draw up beside a white, Toyota four-wheel drive. The window rolls down to reveal the face of a handsome, Bedouin man with a carefully trimmed beard and a red and white kefiyyah scarf on his head. – Read more (BBC)