KIDS FROM ETHIOPIA
Here is another post in the kids around the world series. Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela and its 12th-13th century rock-cut Christian churches, and Aksum, the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.
- Location: East Africa
- Because much of Ethiopia is rural, kids who attend school may have to walk several miles each way.
- Unlike in most African nations, school in Ethiopia is free. However, many kids work to help support their families. Less than half are still enrolled by grade 5.
- Gebeta, a game of strategy, has been popular for hundreds of years. It is played using seeds or pebbles and a board with rows of cups.
- Many kids learn the lively and irresistible eskista dance, which is performed almost entirely with the shoulders. Soccer is the most popular sport.
- Most families live in rural areas. It is common for an extended family to live in a cluster of houses and farm together.
- Traditionally, parents and children do not share a last name. Most kids take their father’s first name as their last name.
- Injera, a pancake-like bread that is used to scoop up spicy dishes such as doro wat (chicken stew) and mesir wat (lentil stew).
- Did you know? Ethiopia is the only African country that was never colonized. Formerly called Abyssinia, it was the setting of powerful ancient kingdoms.
Clancy's comment: This is a very poor, and very ancient country. And, I mention it in some detail in my next book - 'Bold Journey'.