I am a reporter & writer. I’m currently working on a story about migrant smuggling.
The story of Ibrahim and Samir: two Sudanese men smuggled from Sudan, through Cairo, to Scandinavia.
Samir is out of options and has decided to sell his kidney. Samir escaped prison and torture in Sudan and has lived in Cairo’s Sudanese community and on the streets for several years. Now Samir South wants out. Last spring he explained that his options are to either sell his kidney and pay to be smuggled out of the country, or become a suicide bomber for a regional terror group. Samir declined to hurt others by ‘working’ for a terrorist organization. Samir explained that his only real option is to pay an underground network and flee the country.
(Note: to protect source identity some names, locations, and affiliations in this story have been altered or omitted.)
Samir is inspired by thousands of other men, women, and children who hope to escape violence and oppression in Africa and the Middle East in Europe. Samir has been smuggled once already, from Sudan to Egypt. Now he hopes to survive passage across the Mediterranean in a smuggler’s boat to Italy, then make the lonely trek north by rail across Europe to Norway or Sweden for asylum. For men like Samir life on the run in Europe is far preferable to poverty and persecution in Cairo and Sudan.
This story will be published in spring, 2015.