The name of peace, democracy and freedom for all

Friends comrades and fellow Africans I stand here before you in name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. My dream is for all of you to be free, and you have given me visions and ideas on how to achieve this dream for all of us, and I wish I could do this, but unfortunately we are all in the same situation. We have lived for so long in isolation; you already know much more than you should. You have been captive here in this desert for more than two years, unable to go anywhere without somebody’s permission, surrounded by fences, waiting to be free, and that freedom still hasn’t come.

We have waited too long for this freedom. Everybody wants to share and contribute to Israel’s success, and the sight of freedom looming on the horizon should encourage us to redouble our efforts, even though Israel blocks that sight every day. We continue to sacrifice so much from our lives, more than one can even imagine. However, I need to salute our brothers who can’t be here today. The ones who have been deported and lost their lives, either at the hands of extremists (like ISIS), or the Sudanese government, or on the Mediterranean Coast. These struggles and sacrifices have made it possible for all of us to be here today and now we have reached a decisive moment: we can’t handle this anymore, and we shouldn’t have to either. I call on everybody who fled, to seize this moment so that our progress toward democracy isn’t interrupted. I want you to know that we stand here, united, that our fight for this land and our fight in Africa aren’t unusual. For they are no different from the fight of those in Germany not too long ago and the fight for the land of Israel. I believe we are all connected as one people.

We speak, yet always there is someone standing in our way, trying to divide us, depriving us of our rights. But still we remain united, and we will stay united until we defeat you! We are so proud to be black, whether in Israel or elsewhere, and we, with dark skin, believe that Israel has a place for us too. After all, we are friends. Our stories may differ, but our destinies are the same. We came here to be protected by Israel and to have the equal opportunity to fulfill our dreams. Instead, though, Israel is deporting us, leaving us vulnerable to fatal attacks and life imprisonment. We are in the dark now, but I believe a brighter day will come soon. Thank you very much everybody, God bless you and God bless the State of Israel.

About the Author
Micha'el Derek Mogli was born in Darfur in 1993. He arrived in Israel through Sinai as an unacccompanied minor, asylum seeker in 2008 when he was 14. He feels fortunate to have attended school at Ayanot Youth Village in Rishon LeTzion where learnt Hebrew and English. He is currently completing Israeli National Service and undertaking a process of conversion to Judaism supported by "Kehilat Zion", a local Jerusalem congregation.
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