ADDRESSING THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE ON PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF REFUGEES
Diddy Mymin Kahn is a clinical psychologist and trauma specialist in humanitarian aid and intervention. She has over 22 years experience working in the UK, Hong Kong, Israel, Sierra Leone, and Haiti as a psychologist, supervisor, trainer and group facilitator. She has 15 years of clinical experience in the National Health Service in the UK. She co-founded and managed a dynamic community based open art studio in London. She has been involved in assisting African refugees in Tel Aviv for the past 7 years, managing a psychosocial service and is currently the founding director of Kuchinate, an arts -based women’s empowerment NGO for refugees surviving trafficking, torture and GBV. Diddy is also a Mental Health and Psycho-social professional advisor for the international humanitarian organization IsraAID She focuses on the Ebola response projects in Sierra Leone and Gender Based Violence program in Haiti.
Sister Aziza, is an Eritrean nun with the Comboni Missionary Sisters who volunteers as a nurse for the NGO Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I). During the past years she has led PHR-I’s efforts to call attention to human trafficking in Sinai, Egypt, including sexual slavery and the torture of hundreds of African asylum seekers. PHR-I developed a groundbreaking research project that has interviewed hundreds of victims living in Israel. This painstaking work was accomplished by the devotion of Sister Aziza who helped identify men, women, and children who had been kidnapped, repeatedly raped, or subjected to forced labor and sexual servitude, in addition to being tortured, in the Sinai.Her perseverance, heartfelt concern, and willingness to listen to countless hours of interviews enabled many victims to open up about their experiences of rape, torture, kidnapping, forced labor, and sexual servitude. Whereas previously little was known of the specific atrocities in Egypt, these documented first-hand accounts have led to widespread international media reporting and attention to human trafficking in the region. The State Department has relied on the work of Sister Aziza and PHR-I to promote awareness of this important issue.