A Refugee in Israel Hangs Between a Brutal Past and a Hopeless Future

Most of Ahmed’s extended family lives in migrant camps in Sudan and Chad, where he actually received official refugee status. However, he was forced to flee and ended up in Israel, where he still holds out meager hope of receiving asylum

How will it all end for you, I asked him after he told me the upsetting story of his life in some detail. Ahmed hid his gaze with the document attesting to his official status as a prisoner who served jail time – the only official Israeli form granted him to date. He wrinkled its plastic envelope with his fingers and did not reply. After a few minutes’ silence, he said laconically,...