Medical services for rural Ethiopian Jews in Addis Ababa, 1990-1991. Academic Article uri icon


  • The geographically isolated Ethiopia in East Africa existed as a self-sufficient kingdom for many centuries. The origins of the Ethiopian Jews, who formed one of Ethiopia‚Äôs three major religions along with Christianity and Islam, are obscure. Although their existence only became known to the Jewish world late in the 19th century, by the early 1980s over 15 000 Ethiopean Jews had immigrated to Israel. However, between 1985 and 1989, amid civil war, drought and famine, the Ethiopian authorities limited the movement of all citizens, Jews included, making immigration almost impossible.

publication date

  • January 1, 2007