Mother and Son, Ramla, Israel 1986

Mother and Son, Ramla, Israel 1986

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Jews have lived in Ethiopia for hundreds and hundreds of years. But in the 1970s and 1980s, life became very difficult for them. They were no longer safe. So, in 1984, the Israeli government organized a secret operation—known as Operation Moses—to bring Ethiopia’s Jews to Israel. In six short weeks, almost 8,000 Ethiopian Jews were rescued through the Sudan. It was a difficult journey, and many suffered or died along the way. When the operation ended, about 15,000 Jews still remained in Ethiopia.

 

The mother and son in this photograph were brought to Israel as part of Operation Moses. They are shown here next to their new home, in the town of Ramla, not far from Tel-Aviv.