The Book of Exodus is an ongoing project that attempts to document and capture the migratory stories of people from Ethiopia and Eritrea. The purpose of the project is to immortalize these stories that would go otherwise forgotten. We are collecting the real stories of how different people moved, whether from one country to another, or to different cities, or even movement as a sense of cultural/spiritual/intellectual shifting. There is a lot that happens to human beings when they are uprooted & moved to a different place; the journey could be atrocious, places inhospitable, cultures & languages foreign altogether. The project attempts to capture these stories and format them in a way that can be forever remembered. Stories will be shaped into essays, short non-fiction pieces and poetry. This project, ultimately, is also a way to pay homage to the strength & perseverance of the nomadic people of Ethiopia & Eritrea.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
Are you part of a family that has migrated in recent years? Do you hear stories of movement of your family & friends? There are different ways you can contribute: you can send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin.
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, and send them to us.
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 (via email), and we can help!
WHY WE ARE DOING THIS
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 today!
We are now in the phase of collecting different stories. We will have essays/poetry/photography samples from several stories within the next month. Stay tuned for more updates!