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A Jewish Child Redeemed: Her dramatic rescue and then what?

WomensDay webicon Feb27March 8, 2018

Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm

On International Women's Day, Judie Oron, journalist and author of Cry of the Giraffe will speak about Wuditu’s captivity in Ethiopia and about the awareness campaign the two, now mother and daughter, have generated to expose the tragedy of child slavery in Ethiopia.


On February 21, 1992, journalist and award-winning author Judie Oron travelled to war-torn Ethiopia to search for a Jewish child named Wuditu. She found her,paid a paltry sum for her freedom and the two miraculously managed to escape an angry mob scene. Wuditu and her younger sister Lewteh then became an integral part of Judie's family in Israel.

On March 8, 2018, you’ll hear Judie speak about Wuditu's experience as a child slave and about her dramatic rescue in the context of International Women’s Day events. Finally, you’ll hear about their latest initiative - 'CAGE: a Campaign against Abuses of Girls in Ethiopia,' aimed at disseminating awareness about the many forms of captivity of young girls in Ethiopia. Judie has centred Wuditu's story, as told in Cry of the Giraffe, as an integral part of their awareness campaign. The novel has won several prestigious awards, has been translated into Hebrew and republished in several other countries. Since publication, Judie has been speaking to audiences in Canada, the USA, Britain and England about the tragic circumstances that affect Ethiopia's girls today. 

Headshot Judie OronJudie Oron is a journalist and award-winning author who was born in Montreal, moved to Israel in 1967 and returned to Canada in 2004. Her articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, Lifestyles Magazine, The Canadian Jewish News, Weekly Press Pakistan, The Jerusalem Report and Christian Woman (Australian edition). Cry of the Giraffe, is based on the true story of her daughter Wuditu's experience as a slave in Ethiopia. Judie studied Anthropology at McGill University and African Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She worked as a feature writer at The Jerusalem Post, including a four-year stint as a weekly columnist. From 1984 – 86, Judie acted as Director of The Jerusalem Post’s three charitable Funds.

After the exposure of the secret airlifts of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel (Operation Moses), Judie opened a fourth Fund, ‘Operation Homecoming,’ for the Ethiopian immigrants. Judie left The Jerusalem Post to organize and direct a group of concerned professionals that assisted Ethiopian Jews to find their way from Ethiopia to Israel. Judie took into her family and raised two Ethiopian Jewish sisters, one of whom she came across in Addis Ababa. Upon learning that another sister was missing, she returned to war-ravaged Ethiopia to find and release her from slavery. After extensive research on the many forms of child slavery in Ethiopia, Judie has spoken widely in Canada, the US, Israel and Britain and has focused Wuditu’s story at the center of a campaign against abuses of girls in Ethiopia.You can visit Judie on Facebook and Twitter.

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