Monday, February 7, 2011

African Refugees in Israel

Some 35000 African refugees are living now in Israel. Sudanese, Aritherian, and more from the countries around the Strife and Violent conflict in Central Africa.
Their way across has not been an easy one, not only have they fled from violence anxiety and chaos, without much on them, they encounter much hassle and little welcome on their flight across neighbouring countries. Some have even been abducted beaten raped and used as pawns for blackmailing their families and friends left at home and abroad.
Israel is facing a grave and conflictual situation, in understanding how to treat these people upon their enter into Israels' territory. Most of them asking assylum.

Aside from the Goverments efforts and inner politics. Apart from the confusion and misunderstanding in how to deal with the huge sudden influx of foriegners, putting up boundaries yet remembering our heritage as the Jewish people. Wanting to help balanced with the need to keep stability and some means of safety in a tomultous political situation. When you move your attention just a bit from these traumatic vortexes... you might just find a few heartwarming groups and human beings that work with, embrace and support these refugees in Israel.
Hagar and Miriam is such a group, for African women that need help through pregnancy and birth. Assaf is another ngo, supporting the African refugee community in Tel Aviv, with legal aid, every day living beauracracy, providing support groups and short trainings for the people.
We've ToWo group been getting together with these to consult and brain storm a way to share and work in conjuction. Apparently our knowledge from SA and training design could be of out most importance to the work with the African refugees in Israel.

We would appreciate your donations, whether it be money, cameras, tripods, or even just raising awareness and sharing this info with others. These people need help.
The quicker we meet them and allow the traumatic body memories to thaw, the better will their progress will be, they will gather less retraumatic experiences, be able to make clear communicative and productive decisions, and find dignity and self esteem.

Thanks from the Heart

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