By Nasser Arrabyee/21/04/2010
A total of 300 Yemenis have lost one of their kidneys after being lured by Arab human organs traders to sell their kidneys in an Egyptian hospital in Cairo, said a Yemeni security official on Wednesday.
Brigadier Abu Bakr Saeed, director of the criminal investigations in Sana’a said Yemen is now contacting with the international police (InterPol) about 12 Arab men accused of buying and selling the kidneys of the 300 Yemenis.
The hospital of Wadi Al Nail in Cairo, where operations took place for the 300 victims, has gained a total of 30,000,000 million US dollars in return for taking all those kidneys and transplanting them to other sick people, the official said.
After removing the kidney, the hospital gave only 5,000 US dollars to each victim, the official clarified.
This information came from investigations and confessions of the Jordanian organ trader Ramzi Khalil who was recently arrested by the Yemeni security authorities, the official added.
Khalil confessed he was sent to Yemen by another human organ trader called Ameen Rami Jawdah, to convince people in the Yemeni cities of Sana’a, Taiz and Aden, to sell their kidneys.
Khali, who used former victims for convincing new people to sell their kidneys, arranged and funded the travel tickets and hotels before and after conducting the operations in the hospital of Wadi Al Nail, where many doctors including the director of the hospital Hussam Sharif, were involved.