Life in Ethiopia


OromoGirlIf you were an ordinary person in Ethiopia, what would life be like? Ethiopia has towns and even big cities, but most live in the country – and most are also Christian – so I take that point of view in what follows:

Work: Men farm, women cook, keep their children clean and looking nice, pound grain into flour and look for cow dung and wood for the family fire. Older girls look after children, older boys look after sheep. Most families  have about a hectare of land (less than three acres). All water has to be carried back from the nearby well, something that falls to women or children.

Work hours: Men work 80 hours a week, women 126 hours. You are supposed to take Saturdays and Sundays off, but how many do?

Pay: $123 a year (in 1998. That comes to 3 crowns a month, which is…

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Graça’s grief: ‘There were times where I would wake up and I wouldn’t know what to do’



By Mick Krever, CNN

Graça Machel, in her first TV interview after six months of mourning for her late husband, Nelson Mandela, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday that she still has not grappled with the full meaning of “this huge loss.”

“I have to tell you that there were times where I would wake up and I wouldn’t know what to do,” she said. “Somehow he would expect me to carry on.”

“During the time of his active live, we knew that people loved him. But it was beyond my imagination to see when he got sick, people who would send us messages, people who would write, people who would pray for him.”

When he died last December, after months of grave illness, Machel did not follow the outpouring of support from around the world.

“I was consumed with my sense of loss. But I have been told that…

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