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About Yohannes Bayu

Yohannes Bayu, a recognized refugee, received his undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, specializing on HIV/AIDS prevention and counseling. Before he was forced to leave Ethopia in 1997 because of political persecution and government harassment, he worked for various non-governmental organizations in HIV/AIDS counseling and prevention programs. He also worked two years for Doctors without Borders as a special advisor on a HIV/AIDS prevention project in Addis Ababa. Mr Bayu was only granted political asylum in Israel, however, some five years after his arrival following a 23-day hunger strike on the steps of the Refugee Commissioner’s office and an order of Israel’s Supreme Court. Driven by such experiences, Bayu resolved to help the thousands of other asylum seekers escaping to Israel and founded the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) the following year in 2004.

Four Questions for Yohannes Bayu of the African Refugee Development Center in Israel

By Yohannes Bayu 1. Many people feel that the Africans in Israel are not truly asylum seekers, but simply economic migrants looking for better lives. What is the reality? Very often there is confusion between the terms “refugees” and “economic …

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