EXILES – 2007 / 2009
Falashas (exiles), are the Jews of Ethiopia who refer to themselves as Beta Israel (House of Israel). In 1975 the Israeli rabbinate recognized the Falashas legally as Jews. During the Ethiopian civil war, Operation Moses airlifted about 10,000 Falashas from the Gondar region to Israel in1984. A second airlift, Operation Solomon in 1991, brought more than 14,000. Ethiopia subsequently agreed to permit Israel to evacuate those still remaining and more than 125,000 have made the journey to the promised land. The photographs were made in the Beta Israel community in Gondar and in the transit homes in Addis Ababa.