Mohammed Ahmed Eisa, MD
Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Eisa, a physician and professor of Medicine at el-Fasher University in Darfur, specializes in working with victims of torture and sexual violence. Born and raised in Jebel Marra in west Darfur, Dr. Ahmed served as the former Director of Medical Treatment of the Amel Center for the Treatment & Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture in Darfur at the Nyala Hospital. In his position, Dr. Ahmed treated survivors and built a database of information concerning the severity of violence and the prevalence of human rights abuses in the region. Dr. Ahmed has offered training programs in the documentation of violence and rape to those working in IDP camps in the area.
In 2004, Dr. Ahmed created a network of physicians and medical personnel to provide care on the ground in Darfur. Within a few months, the Amel Center had treated seventy-eight victims of violence relating to the genocide, including fifteen women who had been raped and beaten. By October of 2007, the number of people treated at the center reached 520. Those working at the center faced constant risk of intimidation and even arrest and interrogation by the Sudanese government for the work they performed. As a native Darfuri who speaks the local language, Dr. Ahmed was able to provide a safe space for women to speak about their experiences and provide them with hope that their psychological and physical wounds could be healed.
Dr. Ahmed has frequently consulted with NGOs and policy makers and spoken about the rampant sexual violence in Darfur and in the refugee camps in Eastern Chad. In 2007, Dr. Ahmed was named the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Human Rights Award winner. He is now the Sudan Program Fellow at Physicians for Human Rights.