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Each year at Pesach, Jewish people all over the world will sit with family and friends at Pesach Seders and re-tell the story of exodus. There is something extremely powerful about sharing a story of survival. To tell the story is in and of itself, an act of freedom.

Sharing the story of survival is exactly what Adam Ahmed, an asylum seeker from Darfur, and a leader in the Darfuri community here in Israel, decided to do. Adam kept journals for years; when he was an activist in Sudan fighting for the rights of his people in Darfur, when he fled to Egypt to escape the Sudanese regime, and when he fled again to Israel to escape being deported back to Sudan. In 2016 Adam collated his journals and published his first book, “The Nightmare of the Exile”.

Like the story of Pesach, Adam’s book is also a story of survival, yet despite the fact that his book is published, his story has not quite arrived at a happy ending. Adam’s asylum application remains unanswered after four years. His status under the Israeli law is Infiltrator, he has limited rights and has the constant fear of detention and deportation hanging over

In 2015 Adam was taken to immigration detention in Givon for no particular reason. After being released he wrote the following:

“One thing I feel after I was released, freedom. It is extremely important for everyone. I had no or little access to Internet. It was difficult to call people. I barely saw sunlight during the day. I realize now more than ever is that freedom is important. And that is what I hope for all Darfuris and all people who are innocent in general, that they will be free. This is what I hope for Darfuris in Israel and the Darfuris who are still in Sudan in prisons and camps and even my own family who is still living in Darfur…All of those people in the world who are innocent, who haven’t committed any crime, should always be able to live freely.”

Donations above $60 will be thanked with a kindle / e-reader copy of The Nightmare of the Exile.
Donations above $180 will be thanked with a signed paperback copy of The Nightmare of the Exile.
Donations above $360 will be thanked with a copy of the The Nightmare of the Exile and a copy of Adam’s second book, the Voyage of Destiny.

The irony, that Adam took the same route out of Egypt as the Israelites did in the story of Exodus, is not lost on us. At a time when we celebrate our own freedom, it seems fitting to fight for those who are still living in their own nightmare of exile.