The ‘shame’ of redeeming a slave

Those children left behind haunt me and have made me an activist

By JUDIE ORON
March 20, 2013 14:30
4 minute read.
Wuditu

Wuditu521. (photo credit: COURTESY JUDIE ORON)

During our Passover Seder, we Jews are asked to look upon ourselves as if we personally had been slaves in Egypt. Then, we are asked to recall and imagine the moment of our liberation.

You’d think that this injunction would be a bit easier for me than for others, because two decades ago, in a dusty market town in the north of Ethiopia, I purchased a slave – a young Jewish girl named Wuditu.

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