Rhuba

ERITREAN REFUGEES IN ISRAEL: UNPROMISED LAND

Before coming to Israel, Rhuba never smoked cigarettes. Now, she smokes like a truck driver.

Many of the migrants say they mistrust the police, while the lack of work visas forces residents such as Rhuba into unfortunate arrangements with landlords who gouge, and employers who sometimes take advantage.

“We are free,” one Eritrean in Tel Aviv told me, “but only to breathe.”