General, Press Releases
An Israeli activist says good bye to a south Sudanese kid as he sits in a bus taking them to Ben Gurion airport where they will be deported to south Sudan alongside 120 people on a flight leaving the same night. photo by: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org 17.6.12
In an interview with “Be’Hezi Hayom” on Reshet Bet, Rabbi Arik Ascherman relates the story of a single mother from South Sudan. This is an example of the complexities of returning to a country which is poor and full of refugee camps, on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. The single mother says: “I don’t know what will happen to my children when I go back. I don’t know if I can feed them.”
The agreements between the delegation of the government of South Sudan and the Israeli Ministry of the Interior asked that the refugees be given more time and that the government not carry out arrests of southern Sudanese at present as if they were criminals. The fear is that, along with the demand for the refugees to leave Israel in an honorable way, the humanitarian aspects of the return to South Sudan will be neglected, especially the situation of the weaker members of the community, such as single mothers.