THE IDEA BEHIND THE PROJECT
The Book of Exodus is a project that attempts to document and capture the migratory stories of the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea, by tracing their movements as a sense of cultural, spiritual, and intellectual shifting.
A lot of things happen to human beings when they are uprooted & moved to a different place; the journey could be atrocious, places inhospitable, cultures & languages foreign altogether. This project attempts to capture these stories and format them in a fluid and versatile way, so they can be remembered forever.
Stories will be shaped into essays, short non-fiction pieces, poetry, videos, visual arts and other multi-media.
This project, ultimately, is also a way to pay homage to the strength & perseverance of the nomadic people of Ethiopia & Eritrea.
I want to hear the stories of your parents and grandparents.
Movement is part of who we are as nomadic people. You move to find a new life, to escape an old one, you move for opportunity, for your dreams, for your family, for yourself.
Did you have to move in the shadows? Were you told to hide? What did you have when you first came? How many questions did you ask yourself, how many did you ask your God? Did your mentality shift? Your culture, your grief, your joy, your faith? Was there a shift in you that remained undocumented?
These are the questions we want to ask. Yours are the stories we want to record. Please help us. We need your voices to be loud and clear. We need to immortalize the strength and perseverance of the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Send us your story.
You can choose to share your story however you want it; it can be a paragraph, three pages, one line of email, anything. If you’d like us to follow up, please say so in the email. If not, make sure to include your name, months/years of movement (if available), and the names of the people you’re writing about. If you choose to send your stories anonymously, you may do so.
You can also call our line to record your stories, whether they are told from friends or family members, or from yourself.
Call us at (323) 510-8275.
The audio recordings do not have to be in English, but all stories emailed must be in English. If you want to submit a story and can’t do it in English, please let us know and we can help!
The project is currently in the planning phase, which means we are still collecting names and stories. Please don’t forget to send us yours!