Around 30,000 Eritreans have been abducted since 2007 and taken to Egypt’s Sinai, where they face torture and ransom demands, according to a study presented to the European Parliament.

The study, conducted by an Eritrean human rights activist and professors from a Dutch University, says more than $600m has been accrued from families in ransom payments.

“[The hostages] are chained together without toilets or washing facilities and dehydrated, starved and deprived of sleep,” the report says. “They are subject to threats of death and organ harvesting… Those who attempt to escape are severely tortured.”

Source: BBC