Out Loud

Unpromised Land: Eritrean Refugees in Israel

25 June 2013 By New Israel Fund

 
By P.J. Tobia

 

Before coming to Israel, Rhuba never smoked cigarettes. Now, she smokes like a truck driver.

Her cheeks cave as she huffs the butts down in long, powerful draws, sending nimbus clouds of tobacco floating into the damp air of a south Tel Aviv bar.

Rhuba is 19, petite in bright blue jeans. She stares out from a matching blue hoodie drawn tight to her head, nearly obscuring the crimson pool of blood that fills her right eye. The left side of Rhuba's face isn't so concealed. A dark, amaranthine welt starts in an angry ball on her temple and sprawls out like skinny fingers across her cheekbones.

 

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