This moving post was written by Diri Abramson, an Asylum Seeker from Darfur living in Israel
My name is Diri Abramson. I am from Darfur and I am 18 years old. I began studying in an Israeli high school three years ago.
I understand many Israelis are very angry at the refugees because you are receiving hundreds of people across the border every day, and you don't know where these people are coming from. It is true that this is a very complex situation. But I want you to understand that I came from a very bad situation in Darfur and that the condition of the Darfurians are getting worse and worse. If you decide that you don’t want the Darfurian refugees to stay here in Israel, then there is no other place for us to go. If you send us back to Darfur, the Sudanese will kill all of us. They kill children who are just three months old and rape and kill our sisters.
When I was twelve years old, I watched my father die in front of me after the Janjaweed shot him. After that, I had no idea where to go. Fortunately I was able to cross the Egyptian border — where Egyptian soldiers shot me twice — and make it into Israel. I was so lucky that the Israelis saved me and sent me to a high school in Rishon L’Tzion. I will never forget what the Israeli people have done for me!
Right now, I don't have any communication with my family I don't even know if they are alive or dead. The village that I grew up in is destroyed, nobody lives there now I don't know where my family is. The last time I spoke with my mother was in 2008.
I want to work hard in a safe place and finish my education so I can help myself and my family and other Darfurians who are in the same situation as me. My dream is to be a journalist so that I can tell our story to the world