Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Cry of the Giraffe by Judie Oron
They too are my people.
This fiction story, is based on the true story of Wuditu, an Ethiopian Jew, one of the Beta Israel, called falashas which means strangers, who escaped from a life of persecution in Ethiopia beginning in the late 1980s to go to Israel. Although there were many outsiders trying to help the falashas, the Christian people of Ethiopia and Sudan believed that the falashas were evil murderers who killed their Lord and who would put the evil eye on people and curse them and they hated and persecuted the Beta Israel, just as Jews have always been persecuted throughout the world. As Wuditu fled with her family to try to get to Yerushalem, they were separated and when her younger sister became ill, Wuditu left to find work and help. For several years Wuditu was forced to be a servant, then a prostitute, then a slave before she finally was found and rescued and reunited with her family in Israel. The story is sad and touching.