In 2010, eighteen-year-old Tesaflem Haile fled persecution in his native Eritrea, embarking on a treacherous two month journey on foot through Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Sinai, before, ultimately, landing in Israel.
We sat down with Tesaflem to learn about what his life has been like in Israel and what challenges asylum seekers in Israel, a community of some 34,000, face today. His is a story of hardship, perseverance, and of all things, software development.
- A 2013 Field Report on African Asylum Seekers in Israel.
- A 2017 article by Human Rights Watch about the humans rights violations and political situation in Eritrea.
- A 2019 narrative piece about the Eritrean refugee crisis.
If you’d like to learn about opportunities to get involved and help asylum seekers like Tesaflem, please visit the ARDC’s website.