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Today, approximately 7,000 survivors of human trafficking in the Sinai are living in Israel. Only a few of them are getting governmental aid. Our partner organization ASSAF, Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel, is offering free therapy sessions to refugees. For many Sinai survivors the only way to talk about their cruel experiences with violence and to cope with their trauma. We are raising funds for the financing of this group therapy to provide the opportunity of psychosocial support to as many torture survivors as possible. (more…)

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What sounds like a set phrase, means a lot to children and adolescents of African migrant families in the district of South Tel-Aviv. They live in a country where the majority of the population thinks that migrants are unwelcome. They live in a district where prostitution and drug-related crime are forming a dangerous milieu – especially for young people without a sincere prospect. (more…)

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Most stories about human trafficking in the Sinai come from Eritreans. The majority of the victims affected is from Eritrea. However, many Sinai survivors in Israel are Sudanese. One of them is Yaser Abdallh, he is willing to tell us his story. We met him on the evening of the 11th April 2016 in the Levinsky-Park in South Tel Aviv. (more…)

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Casual outfit, sunglasses, a calm smile in his face. Shiden looks more like a sportsmen, waiting for his interview. Not like someone who was tortured. It seems even more bizarre when Shiden starts to tell us his testimony about his flights while we are sitting in a blooming park in Tel Aviv with birds singing around us.

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Rahel, Ingo and Lucia from Desert Rose spent a week in Tel Aviv in order to meet with Sinai trafficking victims and to visit our partner organisation there. (more…)

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Please support minor Sinai survivors in Israel

Asylum seekers in Israel do not have free access to public healthcare. This also applies to their children because their parents usually cannot afford health insurance for them.

This lack of health insurance is particularly fatal for children of torture survivors in Sinai. Their parents often suffer from severe trauma, depression, sleep and eating disorders. Some of these children had to watch their mother or father being raped, abused and tortured in torture camps and many of these children even had to experience unimaginable violence themselves.

Example: The fate of the six-year-old girl S.

During their escape from Eritrea the six-year-old girl named S. and her mother were kidnapped and brought to a torture camp on the Sinai Peninsula. The two were held captive in a dark basement for over four months and the mother was raped countless times by various men in front of the little girl’s eyes.

S. has been suffering from chronic diseases since their arrival in Israel four years ago. Since she has no health insurance, S. neither has access to medical nor psychological care.

Health insurance grants access to healthcare

In Israel health insurance for one child costs 120 shekels (about 30 euros) per month and 240 shekels (60 euros) per month for families with two or more children.

Since many torture survivors are not able to work due to their mental and physical injuries and are legally not allowed to either as they do not have a work permit, they simply cannot afford health insurance.

Desert Rose stands up for children of torture survivors by providing them with health insurance thus granting them access to the Israeli healthcare system.

Together with our partner organisation ASSAF (Aid Organisation for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel) we support parents by providing their children with health insurance for at least a year. Our long-term goal is to help families so they can eventually pay the costs for health insurance themselves. Furthermore, ASSAF advocates for the rights for children of asylum seekers on a political level in Israel to grant them basic rights, for example, the formal recognition as a victim of human trafficking (VOHT) or a victim of torture (VOT).

The children of two families are already being supported

As part of a pilot project, Desert Rose is supporting two families with more than two children each by providing them with health insurance for a year. Twice a year Desert Rose receives information about the current situation of the family and the children.

ASSAF is currently supporting at least ten more families with children who are in urgent need of this health insurance project. We need your support in order for us to provide these children with healthcare.

Help us support children by providing them with healthcare and donate now!

Account holder: Desert Rose e.V.
Bank: Sparkasse KölnBonn
IBAN: DE20 3705 0198 1932 0461 52
BIC: COLSDE33XXX
Account number: 1932046152
Sort code: 1772294101
Reference: Health insurance

By using “Health insurance” as reference, you can be sure that the money will go towards health insurance for children. If you have any questions regarding our health insurance project, do not hesitate to contact us via email contact@desertrose.info or our partner organization ASSAF (info@assaf.org.il).

Donate a partial amount or become an insurance sponsor.
Your donation is used directly for our health insurance project. As soon as the yearly amount of 814 euros is collected for the insurance (720 euros for the insurance plus 10 per cent for the costs that ASSAF has to pay to carry out the project), we take care of another health insurance for the two or more children of a family.

If you wish to donate the insurance amount of 814 euros covering the health insurance for a family with at least two children for an entire year, you can transfer the money via Paypal or contact us directly so that we can initiate the next steps as soon as possible.

Our project partner ASSAF

Our partner organisation ASSAF, who supports torture and human trafficking survivors in Israel, carries out this health insurance project. ASSAF assists the Sinai survivors by helping them take out the health insurance for their children; the organisation follows the development of the children’s health for the duration of the project. ASSAF informs Desert Rose about the development of every family we are supporting on a regular basis. You can follow the course of the project and the number of families we are supporting on our website.

ASSAF has been fighting for the rights of asylum seekers and their children in Israel for many years. They have developed many specific programmes to help torture and human trafficking survivors. For instance, there is a programme that offers group therapy that teaches the survivors how to cope with the traumas they have experienced. Our project partner ASSAF has so far not had the funds to pay for health insurance. With the help of Desert Rose and your donations, ASSAF hopes to provide health insurance to as many children as possible whose parents are not able to afford healthcare and therefore grant access to the Israeli healthcare system.

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Donate directly via the red donate button or via the yellow “Spenden” button on the top left. Thank you very much!

Author: Lucia Heisterkamp
Translation: Nicole Freibott/ Diana Köth/ Melanie Martin

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