Dog food is not much of a thing in Addis. Neither are dogs as pets, come to think of it. Dogs are for protection, and other than that, they compete with hyenas for scraps and leftover hides and hooves after a festival, and eek out an uneasy existence on the streets between the crowds and … More More With Less With Pets
Although the surface is serene, things are not particularly calm in Ethiopia right now. One of the pieces of advice ferengis (foreigners) often hear is “Stay away from crowds!” But who can resist the celebrations of Timket? This happy, colorful event celebrates Jesus’ baptism, and involves the Ark of the Covenant coming out of the … More It’s Timket! Again.
We were nearing the end of our stay. Stiff from so much walking the day before–I guessed we covered around 10 miles–we climbed out of our sleeping bags and rolled up our bedding. We joined Bereket in the cook house. She was making breakfast–a wheat and barley paste similar to ugali, mounded into a volcano … More A Weekend of Women: Sunday
The market. Sure enough, camels are coming up the hill, carrying sacks of grain and other mysterious packages to market. Bereket is preparing njera for her friend’s wedding feast. Heile is preparing the donkeys for the trip to town, with Denko helping tie the load tight. He is returning empty soda bottles to be refilled … More A Weekend of Women: Saturday
First, we had to get there. You drive North-East of Addis and leave the highway at Sendafa, then take a gravel road for hours and hours. At least, it took us hours and hours because of the flats. Two. Flats. Both rear tires. Not at the same time. Wondwesen earned the nickname Ambasa (Lion) because … More A Weekend of Women, Friday
Men. Every where we go in Ethiopia to visit our projects, we see men. We talk to men. We stay with men, and they show us how our projects are making a difference in the lives of their communities. Most often, the men are not camera shy. And I have to admit they are a … More A Weekend of Women
They came to Ethiopia to make a movie. They wanted to promote MCC’s work and to document the musical experience and interactions of a violin guy who plays a wicked fiddle. Leading actors: MCC’s partner MSCFSO based in Debre Markos (MSCFSO stands for a very long string of words which mean “good deeds–Migbare Senay–child and … More Notes on a Gold Star Day