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On this week's show, meet Mutasim, the first Sudanese man to gain asylum in Israel. What is it like being a Jewish person in predominantly Muslim Tunisia? The story of the Somali asylum seeker in Finland who is now standing as a presidential candidate in Somalia. And the 'untouchable' in India who has broken out of the caste confines to become a rising star on the Indian pop scene.
A man called Mutasim Ali is the first Sudanese person to be recognized as a refugee by the Israeli government. He's also a leader of the asylum seeker community. His victory could mark an important step in a country where asylum seekers are kept in legal limbo and their requests often not heard, let alone granted.
Israelis and Palestinians have been warped by their fears, but Irris Makler found a story where two men have managed to unwrap their perceptions and surmount the wall in their head through empathy. They've both lost children in the conflict, and by sharing that anguish and grief, they have been able to resurrect each other.