Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 1280–1286 | Cite as

Exposure to Traumatic Experiences Among Asylum Seekers from Eritrea and Sudan During Migration to Israel

  • Ora NakashEmail author
  • Benjamin Langer
  • Maayan Nagar
  • Shahar Shoham
  • Ido Lurie
  • Nadav Davidovitch
Brief Communication


Little is known about the experiences of displaced individuals en route to destination countries. We investigated the reported prevalence of exposure to traumatic experiences during migration among a consecutive sample of adult asylum seekers (n = 895 Eritrean, n = 149 Sudanese) who sought health services in the Physicians for Human Rights Open-Clinic in Israel. Percentage of Eritrean and Sudanese men and women who reported witnessing violence (Eritrea: men: 41.3 %, women: 29.3 %; Sudan: men: 16.8 %, women: 22.2 %) and/or being a victim of violence (Eritrea: men: 56.0 %, Women: 34.9 %; Sudan: men: 51.9 % women: 44.4 %) during migration varied by gender and country of origin. Findings highlight the need for a well-coordinated international cooperation to document and prevent these transgressions.


Asylum-seeker Exposure to trauma Eritrea Israel Mental health Sudan 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ora Nakash
    • 1
    Email author
  • Benjamin Langer
    • 2
  • Maayan Nagar
    • 1
  • Shahar Shoham
    • 3
  • Ido Lurie
    • 4
    • 5
  • Nadav Davidovitch
    • 6
  1. 1.School of PsychologyInterdisciplinary Center (IDC) HerzliyaHerzliyaIsrael
  2. 2.Schulich School of Medicine and DentistryUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  3. 3.Physicians for Human Rights-Israel Open-ClinicJaffa-Tel AvivIsrael
  4. 4.Abarbanel Mental Health CenterBat-YamIsrael
  5. 5.Sackler School of MedicineTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  6. 6.Department of Health Systems Management, Faculty of Helath SciencesBen Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShevaIsrael

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