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Race against time to save the lost Jews of Ethiopia

Race against time to save the lost Jews of Ethiopia

James Preston

Race against time to save the lost Jews of Ethiopia

A 'middle-aged gap experience' for two women in Ethiopia has led to a race against time to save a lost community.

Sybil Sheridan, from Pinkneys Green, and Hila Bram, from Riverside, Maidenhead, first visited the African country four years ago after hearing of a community of about 5,000 Jews, known as Beta Israel, trying to rediscover their heritage.

The pair were inspired to form a new charity, called Meketa (Amharic for protection or support), after seeing first-hand the poverty and lack of resources available.

Meketa, which launches on Sunday at a private event in Ascot, will attempt to raise funds to make sure children receive a full education and provide the resources for the traditional profession of weaving.

Sybil said: "Ethiopia has been so untouched by Western influence and their value system was just so different to ours. I remember being quite angry when I went into a supermarket when I got back and seeing the choice we had."

Visit meketa.org.uk for more information.

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