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Sophie Brill is a New York City-based photo editor and curator, and a graduate at the School of Visual Arts. She is the Photo Editor at Narratively Inc. Check out...
These African Refugees Hoped to Build New Lives in Israel. Instead, They're Stuck in Endless Legal Limbo.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
According to the Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel (ASSAF), Eritreans and Sudanese nationals, who comprise “90 percent of the asylum seeking population in Israel, receive relatively high recognition rates as refugees around the world (88 percent and 64 percent respectively).” However, Israel’s current rate of refugee status recognition is a mere 0.2 percent. It has so far granted refugee status to only one Sudanese and a handful of Eritreans.
Pictured here is a group of inmates at the infamous Holot detention center in the Negev desert. Described as an “open prison.”, detainees are allowed to leave, but must be back for the ten p.m. head count, or risk being transferred to a closed prison. Despite several challenges in Israeli courts, any single male asylum seeker under the age of sixty can be arbitrarily sent to Holot at any time.
Photography by Violeta Santos Moura
Read the full story here: http://narrative.ly/these-african-refugees-hoped-to-build-new-lives-in-israel-instead-theyre-stuck-in-endless-legal-limbo/