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From slave to IDF officer: A Guinean's story

At just 15 Avi Be'eri was sold to slave traders who smuggled him into Israel from Guinea, he managed to turn his life around and will now become an IDF officer

Smadar Shir Published: 05.03.11

Avi Be'eri's life story could have easily become a successful soap opera. It started with the death of his parents in Guinea, continued with slave traders smuggling him into Israel and through to the IDF officers course, which he is due to complete on Tuesday.

The 21-year old, whose real name is actually Ibrahim, was born in the city of Labe in Guinea. When he was a year old his father died of cancer and he and his mother moved in with his uncle. His mother always emphasized the importance of an education and even saved up money to send him to school. But when he was just 13 years old she died and he was left alone in the world.

Life in his uncle's house was harsh and so he ran away to t

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Added: May-5-2011 Occurred On: May-5-2011
By: aydeo
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Tags: Guinea, slave traders, IDF officer
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  • some people are self bad its not the majority

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  • Looks like a good guy.

    Way to go Avi!

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  • Awesome! Contrast this to Arab lands where if you are not a Muslim of the correct type you are subject to persecution at the whim of the state.

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  • "At Tel Aviv's Central Bus Station he was left all alone"

    Strange way to treat a "slave"?

    Touching story none the less...

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    • @boomersooner

      " The merchant offered to pay for his air ticket in exchange for a percentage of Ibrahim's monthly salary. "

      this is modern slavery- not first century one : the "slave" have to pay for the one who helped him get to the state he immigrated, or somthing like that.

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  • just a slave to the jews now.. congrats

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  • They will send his black ass to the front lines first. Poor sucker thinks serving in the IDF is somewhat of a dream job lol "The minister decided to offer the case special consideration and presented him with an Israeli citizenship." Something is weird with this story, they made this into a special case and handed him a citizenship on a silver platter just like that? Wouldn't all black refugees have a special case since most of them came the same way and probably had worse situation th More..

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