H.D.A : THE DAILY BEAST REVEALS THE HORROR OF SYRIAN REFUGEES SELLING BODY PARTS TO AVOID DEATH DUE TO FAMINE AND STARVATION!!!WHERE IS UN?!!WHERE IS FAO AND UNICEF?!!WHERE IS OIC?!!WHERE IS AL?!!IS IT POSSIBLE TO DROP 7 MILLION REFUGEES OF SYRIANS TO FACE DEATH DUE TO HUNGER?!!WHERE IS HUMAN RIGHTS BODY?!!WHERE ARE NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS OF CIVIL WORK?!!ARE WE IN 21 CENTURY OF LIFE OR DEATH?!!WE URGE WORLD TO GIVE HAND TO SYRIAN REFUGEES RATHER THAN SUPPORTING CRIMINAL DICTATOR ASSAD?!!
THE HORROR OF SYRIAN REFUGEES SELLING BODY PARTS
BEIRUT — Lebanon has long been known for unrepentant, sometimes shocking you-can-get-anything-you-want commercialism. But there is a business thriving here now that turns the stomach. As Syrian refugees have poured across the border—they now number 1.3 million in a country whose population previously was 4.5 million—human vultures have closed in on them.
These war profiteers are looking for bits and pieces of people, a kidney here, a cornea there, which can be sold to desperate clients coming from as far away as Finland and Venezuela.
Who are these middlemen? Their victims do not want to say. Where are the surgeries performed? Another closely guarded secret, and not only here in Lebanon.
The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) defines the illicit trade in organs around the world as “an organized crime involving a host of offenders”:
“The recruiter who identifies the vulnerable person, the transporter, the staff of the hospital/clinic and other medical centers, the medical professionals, the middlemen and contractors, the buyers, the banks where organs are stored, are all involved in the racket,” according to UN.GIFT. “It is a fact that the entire racket is rarely exposed and therefore the dimensions are yet to be appropriately fathomed.”
Undoubtedly that is true. But the scars on the men and women I met testify eloquently to their victimization.
All were tempted by the money—usually more than $10,000—but not all received it, and each one has his or her own distinctive tale of misery.
A 37-year-old laborer we’ll call Jaul, seen at left, wanted to buy the bronchodilators and anti-inflammatory medicines needed to treat his 5-year-old daughter’s asthma, but he did not begin to have enough money, so he sold one of his corneas for $9,000. He should have quit smoking, which would have helped her, but tobacco is a pervasive addiction and rare pleasure, and it is even used for makeshift therapies. —Bill Kotsasos