In Tel Aviv, the 365 docobites crew connect to Teklit and hear firsthand the plight of a refugee who fled his homeland in search of freedom and a better life.
It is truly a journey between death and life
The debate over asylum seekers can often be cluttered by politics, economics and terror, so what I’d like to offer you today is a story from Tel Aviv, of a refugee who is now temporarily living in Israel, what is the saying…oh yes, “straight from the horse’s mouth.”
Seven years ago, Teklit escaped from a military base in his home country of Eritrea because he was being tortured. He crossed through four countries to get to Israel, sometimes by car, sometimes by boat and sometimes he spent days travelling on foot.
He shared with us, “When you cross a border there is fear, and there is hope. When guards are shooting at you, it is truly a journey between death and life.”
After watching this film from Tel Aviv, and having the chance to get to know a refugee, you might find it hard to connect with Teklit’s story on a personal level. This may be because most of us have not experienced anything in life as traumatising as what he’s suffered, but in reality we really do share a lot with Teklit as we are all a part of the same humanity.
In fact, we have everything in common with Teklit – the same want of family, the same need to eat, the same desire to feel safe and the right to all of these things.
The Big Smoke is proud to promote the adventures
of the 365 docobites crew
and will feature a “Stranger of the week” every Friday,
so check back each week to see
who you get to meet next!
About 365 docobites…
The 365 docobites team, Epiphany and Carl, are travelling across five continents for an entire year to introduce the 365 docobites community to a “stranger a day” via a vlog of short and shorter documentaries.
Each docobite will be as unique as the stranger it features, allowing their identity to drive the content. Whether we’re with a stranger for a moment or a day, 365 docobites will capture the essence of that time in their life; humorous or horrific, dramatic or delightful.
What do these people look like?
What do they think about?
What makes them laugh, cry, scream and shout?
What is life like for the strangers of the world?