Cannibalism and Extraction of Migrants’ Organs Revealed on Trafficker’s Cellphone

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Preliminary investigations into the notorious migrant trafficking kingpin Medhanie Yehdego Mered revealed images and videos of cannibalism, dismembered bodies, murders and the sale of migrants’ organs, according to prosecutors. Mered, nicknamed “The General,” who was arrested in Sudan last May and extradited to Italy in June, stands trial for the trafficking of thousands of illegal immigrants from Africa to Italy in exchange for millions of dollars. Images found on the 35-year-old Eritrean’s cell phone and entered into evidence have been described as “a graveyard of horrors,” and allegedly include scenes of cannibalism and the murder of migrants unable to pay the agreed-upon fees. Testimony from Nuredin Wehabrebi Atta, a former migrant smuggler who now cooperates with law enforcement officials, stated that in the course of the long trek across the Sahara Desert to the Libyan coast, “migrants who are unable to pay the agreed-up sums are systematically killed by criminal organizations involved in human trafficking so as to extract their organs by individuals nicknamed ‘doctors of the Sahara.’” The organs are reportedly “taken straight to Egypt” where they are sold on the black market. According to Atta’s testimony, kidneys, for instance, are sold for 15 thousand dollars each. Reports from