by Elizabeth London

Ethiopian Women’s Empowerment

Thirty-two-year-old Efrat Mekonan has never fit into an predictable picture or story; that’s part of why she is so determined to help other Ethiopian-Israelis who are struggling. Born in an isolated Jewish community in the Gondar region of Ethiopia, she lost both her parents before she turned eight, and at nine, walked for six months, her one-year-old niece on her back. After reaching a Sudanese transit camp she was airlifted to Israel and eventually settled in Beit Shemesh, a suburb of Jerusalem.

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