So the main reason I went Tel Aviv last weekend was to visit two friends who have an internship there. They are working at the Aid Organization for Refugees - Assaf - and are staying there for 6 months.
Assaf helps refugees mainly from African countries such as Eritrea and Sudan getting accepted into the community. This is easier said than done. Because the Israeli government won’t recognize them as “real” refugees but rather as infiltrators, who are not supported nor protected by the Rights of Refugees. This means these people are not able to find work or get treatment at the hospital if needed.
And if this was not enough a lot of the refugees, escaping from pour and evil environments in their home countries, get kidnapped for ransom in the Sinai desert. Here they are tortured and their relatives have no other choice than paying between $30.000-40.000 if they ever wanted to see their loved ones again. How about that?
This is surely an issue I would love to work on and photographing in the near future!
This group of photographs are from a demonstration organized to highlight the problem to the Israeli government.