Rocky Neck Cultural Center
Torture and Trafficking in the Sinai
Tens of thousands of Eritreans have fled the repressive dictatorship in their homeland, often at great risk, only to face new threats as refugees. By far the most horrifying is a trafficking operation that often begins with kidnappings in UN-run refugee camps in Sudan and ends in torture camps in Egypt’s lawless Sinai, where captives are ransomed for exhorbitant amounts or killed for their organs. Cape Ann Forum chair Dan Connell traveled to the Sinai and Sudan last June to investigate this criminal enterprise. He will talk about what he saw and show slides from his trip.
Dan Connell (danconnell.net) is a senior lecturer in journalism and African studies at Simmons College in Boston. His reports on the Horn of Africa have been carried by the BBC, Voice of America, AP, Reuters, Boston Globe, Financial Times, Guardian, Le Monde, Toronto Globe & Mail, Washington Post, and others, and he has consulted for numerous international organizations. In 1983 he founded the Boston-based aid agency Grassroots International. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including “Against All Odds: A Chronicle of the Eritrean Revolution” and “Conversations with Eritrean Political Prisoners”. His current research focuses on Eritrean refugees, the issues that fuel their flight and the horrifying trafficking operation to which thousands have fallen prey. His articles on this have appeared in the Mail & Guardian, The Boston Globe and Middle East Report (fall 2012, Spring 2013 and Fall 2013).
This forum will be held at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.