Sr. Azezet Kidane

Sister Azezet: US Department of State Hero

“Sister Aziza, as she is known, is a member of the Comboni Missionary Sisters from Eritrea. She volunteers as a nurse for the NGO Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I). Over the course of two years, from 2010 through 2012, she began to focus attention on what was happening in the Sinai: enslavement for sexual exploitation, and torture of asylum seekers. This led to Physicians for Human Rights beginning an investigation into these abuses.”

“When I started to volunteer, the doctor in charge said to me, ‘there are so many unexplained things,’” recalled Sr. Aziza, as she is known to her many friends. “Once 250 women came in all around the same time asking for abortions. Doctors saw bruises, burns, scars, and no one spoke Hebrew. So the doctors asked me, could you do an interview with them to figure out what happened on the road [to Israel]?”