22 August 2016 - KIDS FROM ETHIOPIA


G'day folks,

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.

    • 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.

Favorite foods:
    • 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'. 

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