Freed captive: “Death would have been a relief”
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Thousands of dollars are demanded for each Eritrean kidnapped as they attempt to cross borders in search of a better life. When the tribes, terrorists, and criminal syndicates that abduct them don’t get the money they demand, they begin torturing their victims. In some cases, they do this even while the victim’s families are forced to listen on the telephone.
Please listen to just five minutes from this BBC radio report (sound begins after a few seconds):
The human tragedy is the most shocking element of this story, but keep in mind the equally dangerous result of how kidnappers use ransom money to help buy weapons and perpetrate further acts of violence or terrorism.
The BBC’s Mike Thomson has since followed up with this additional report worth listening to.