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Escape from Sinai

Duration:
25 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 07 March 2013

Every year thousands of young men and women make the treacherous journey from Eritrea to Egypt via Sudan in search of a better life. Along the route many fall victim to unscrupulous people traffickers who kidnap them and demand ransom money from their families. Some are able to pay and their loved ones are released. Others are not so lucky. Mike Thomson talks to the people caught up in this brutal trade and travels to Sinai to meet those who are trying to help them.

Escape from Sinai was produced by Nina Manwaring.

(Image: An Eritrean hostage recently released in Sinai. Credit: BBC )

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