Adam Ahmed

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Adam Ahmed
Born 1980 (estimation)
Dissa, Darfur, Sudan
Occupation Writer, teacher
Language English
Citizenship Sudanese
Education BA in human services administration
Alma mater Walden University
Genre Non-fiction, short stories
Subjects Darfur, War in Darfur, Life in exile

Adam Ahmed is a Darfuri author, born in the village of Dissa in North Darfur;[1] his date of birth in unknown and estimated sometime between the years 1979 and 1981.[2] Ahmed writes about Darfuri culture and the life in the countryside of Darfur before the war, about the genocide in Darfur, and about the lives of Darfuri refugees in exile.

Ahmed is currently living in Israel.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Adam Ahmed was born in the village of Dissa, 170 kilometers from El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur. There is no record of his birth since birth certificates were seldom issued in the region. When he was about 7 years old the family moved to Tamad, also in north Darfur. As a teenager Ahmed was sent to a boarding school in El Fasher, where he graduated from high-school and worked as a merchant until the war broke in 2003.[2]

Under the threat of the Janjaweed militia who were persecuting young men from his tribe, in 2004 Ahmed fled from Darfur to Khartoum, and after two months continued to Egypt.[2]

While in Egypt he learned English and started his first degree in social work studies, and became involved as an activist within the Sudanese community.[2]

On December 2005 he participated in a demonstration in Mustafa Mahmoud Park in front of UNHCR's Cairo offices where at least 27 Sudanese asylum seekers were killed; he was arrested[3] amongst hundreds others when the Egyptian police violently dispersed the demonstration.[4]

He stayed in Egypt until 2008 when, given the Egyptian government policy of deporting Sudanese refugees back to Sudan,[4] he decided it was no longer safe and crossed the border to Israel.[2]

In Israel Ahmed lived in Tel Aviv until 2009 when he had to leave the city under the Israeli order, which bounded African asylum seekers outside the area between Gedera in the south and Hadera in the north ("Gedera-Hadera policy"), forbidding them from living in the center of the country.[5] He moved to Eilat where he established an educational center for refugees children,[6] who were not allowed to study in the public schools.[7][8] On 2012 the "Gedera-Hadera policy" has been cancelled after the Israeli supreme court ruled that this policy was a violation of Israel's own labor laws.[5] Ahmed moved back to Tel Aviv, where he established another community educational center for refugees.[9]

On 2015 Ahmed founded the "Refugee Dream Project", an aid organization for assisting Darfuri children in the refugees camps in Chad.[10]

Ahmed has submitted his Refugee Status Determination request[11] to the Israeli authorities in 2013 and, as thousands of other asylum seekers in Israel, is yet to receive an answer.[12][13]


  • The Nightmare of the Exile: The Story of the Refugee from Darfur Escape, Suffering and Prison, Xlibris US, 2015[self-published source]
  • The Voyage of Destiny: 7 masterpieces, Xlibris US, 2016[self-published source]


  1. ^ Ahmed, Adam (2015). The Nightmare of the Exile: The Story of the Refugee from Darfur Escape, Suffering and Prison. Xlibris US. p. 26.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ahmed, Adam (2015). The Nightmare of the Exile: The Story of the Refugee from Darfur Escape, Suffering and Prison. Xlibris US.[self-published source]
  3. ^ Ahmed, Adam (2015). The Nightmare of the Exile: The Story of the Refugee from Darfur Escape, Suffering and Prison. Xlibris US. p. 83.[self-published source]
  4. ^ a b "Risks to Migrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers in Egypt and Israel". Human Rights Watch. 12 November 2008.
  5. ^ a b Guarnieri, Mya (7 March 2012). "Israel's Forgotten Deportees". The Daily Beast.
  6. ^ ליס, טוני (29 December 2011). "פליטי אילת חיים בצמצום למען חינוך ילדיהם". Mynet.
  7. ^ ליס, טוני (9 September 2012). "למה ילדי הפליטים באילת טרם החלו את שנה"ל?". Mynet.
  8. ^ ליבנה, שרון (20 August 2012). "באילת מתנגדים לשילוב ילדי זרים במערכת החינוך". מגפון.
  9. ^ לי, ורד (22 October 2015). "בכל מקום שונאים אותי בגלל שאני פליט". הארץ.
  10. ^ "About us". The Refugee Dream Project.
  11. ^ A request to the UN Refugee Agency.
  12. ^ בריל אגרי, חן (8 March 2016). "אדם מדרפור".
  13. ^ Lior, Ilan (11 January 2016). "10,000 Requests for Asylum Awaiting Review in Israel – With No One There to Review Them". Haaretz.

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