Since 2008, thousands of young Africans have been kidnapped and sold to traffickers.
Confined to detention camps, the hostages are chained together, sometimes 70 crammed in a room, where they are tortured, electrocuted, burned and raped. To be released their families must pay an exorbitant ransom of $30,000, an amount almost impossible to raise. It’s pay or die. It is estimated that more than 12,000 hostages have perished in the Sinai desert, their bodies buried in mass graves.
For two years, we worked to enter North Sinaï and meet the survivors, who have never spoken out before.