A Stand in the Si­nai

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 7.30pm, CNN If you en­joyed the re­cent SBS doc­u­men­tary se­ries Go Back to Where You Came From, this ex­cel­lent doc­u­men­tary about African refugees in Egypt’s Si­nai Penin­sula makes for sim­i­lar and some­times har­row­ing view­ing. Mostly from Su­dan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, the refugees here face a jour­ney at least as dan­ger­ous as the long boat trip to Aus­tralia from Afghanistan via In­done­sia. In­stead of the per­ils of long voy­ages in barely sea­wor­thy ves­sels, the threats here are from hu­man preda­tors bent on forced labour, hu­man traf­fick­ing, rape and even or­gan har­vest­ing. Or at least that’s how it was when CNN cor­re­spon­dent Fred Pleit­gen trav­elled here a year ago to re­port on the plight of refugees for his award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary Death in the Desert. The good news is that things seem to be im­prov­ing, with Be­douin sheiks form­ing a coun­cil to com­bat hu­man traf­fick­ers. But will this band of guardian an­gels be enough to pro­tect the refugees of the Si­nai?

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