From childhood in a small and remote village in Ethiopia’s mountains, through a life risking 1000 miles walking Journey to my new life venture in the Promised Land. A true story of immense challenges, struggle, destiny, giving, faith and hope – my story.
My name is Adissa Ayaso Tassmo. I was born on November 6th, 1981 in a village called Gedlia Murim near Gondar in Ethiopia. I come from an affluent background since my father was a wealthy farmer in Ethiopia. We decided to “Make Aliya” mainly because of thousands of years of yearning to ZION. In January 1984 (Operation Moses), I was three years old that’s when we started our journey to Israel. It was with my mother who was pregnant with my younger brother who was born in Sudan desert and my father who took upon himself the responsibility for sixty other people who trusted him to get them to our homeland Israel. We walked for three months on foot in the mountains and the valleys of Ethiopia and the Sudan desert, where we lost eleven siblings and family members along the way. Unfortunately, at a very young age I had to face death and to struggle with starvation.
Today, when I am 32 years old, married with one child and graduated with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from ASA College in NYC; I see all this as a great accomplishment for me.
Few years ago I returned to Kiryat Malachi, a city in the south of Israel where I lived since 1988. Knowing I can contribute from my knowledge and experience, I decided to work with youth at risk in our city, mainly with the Ethiopian Jewish community.
I am excited for this opportunity to share with you the story of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Kiryat Malachi, Israel which in a way is also – my life story.
Adisa is the third speaker of Partnership2Gether Hof Ashkelon-Kiryat Malachi-Seattle- Tucson- Phoenix. Last year’s speakers including Adina Bar-El, children`s book author, and Roni Keidar, Human rights activist, both of whom live in Hof Ashkelon. In previous years, within the same program the local Jewish Federation/JCA has brought Israeli ethnic cooks and artists to Seattle, Tucson and Phoenix.