A Stand in the Sinai
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?