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Saturday, April 4, 2009

100 things about Ethiopia

100 things about Ethiopia (from another great adoptive mom)
1.One out of every 20 children born alive die in their first month of life

2. One out of ten die before reaching their first birthday

3.One out of six die before reaching their fifth birthday

4 There are 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia

5. The median age in Ethiopia is 16

6. 1.5 million people in Ethiopia are infected with AIDS
Per capital, Ethiopia receives less aid than any country in Africa
Ethiopia is one of the few African countries never to lose its independence.

7. It is as large as France and Spain combined and has one of the richest histories on the African continent.

8. People
Ethiopia has a total population estimated at approximately 70 million and is home to more than 80 ethnic groups and a wide diversity of languages.

9. Religion
The major religions are Christianity (mainly Orthodox Church) and Islam

10. Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia some indigenous languages are Oromo, Tigrinya and Somal

11.The local currency is the Ethiopian Birr, which is made up of 100 cents

12. Ethiopian Calendar: the Julian Calendar, in which the year is divided into 12 months of 30 days each, and a 13th month of five days and six days during the leap year. The Ethiopian Calendar is almost eight years behind the Gregorian calendar.

13. 90 percent of the country’s residents earn their living as subsistence farmers. They grow just enough food to feed their families

14. Only 31 percent of children between the ages of 7 and 15 attend school.

15. Average Income $160 annually

16. Access to safe water 22%

17. Literacy rate 42%

18. Infant mortality rate 109/1000

19. Life expectancy 49

20. Wildlife is abundant in Ethiopia. It is home to monkeys, antelopes, hyenas, warthogs, and more than 100 types of birds. Elephants, lions, and giraffes live in some areas.

21. Homeland of Coffee

22. Coffee accounts for 50% of their exports

23. Ethiopian Birr (=$0.113)

24. Maternal mortality: 673 per 100,000 live births

25. Number of television stations: 1

26. Number of internet service providers: 1

27. Ethiopia borders Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti

28. Ethiopians Celebrated the year 2000 (this September 2007)

29. Lucy is a 3.18 million-year-old fossil of an early ancestor of humans. She weighed about 60 pounds and stood erect around 3 feet.

30. the hottest place in the world is Dalol, Ethiopia with an average temperature of 94.3F/34.6c

31. Ethiopia is the 5th poorest country in the world

32. the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule, one exception being the Italian occupation of 1936-41

33. The national clothes are basically white, whether the shawls and light blankets worn over the shoulders by the men or the white dresses and wraps worn by the ladies

34. Meskal is a two-day festival at the end of September celebrating the Finding of the True Cross. Bonfires are lit and singing and dancing take place around them, while the priests don their full ceremonial regalia.

35. Timkat usually falls on the January 19, 12 days after Christmas according to the Julian calendar. It is a colorful three-day festival celebrating Epiphany and it is marked by the procession of the tabots (the replicas of the Ark of the Covenant, the original of which is said to be in the chapel at Axum) around the towns, draped in heavy embroidered materials.

Typical foods
36. Doro Alicha - mild Ethiopian chicken dish

37. Doro Wat - A spicy Ethiopian chicken dish

38. Tibs Wet - A very spicy (and fatty!) meat dish from Ethiopia

39. Injera Bread - A very simple recipe for injera, the pancake-spongy bread that accompanies Ethiopian food.

40. Spiced butter ((Niter Kebbeh))A recipe for clarified, herbed butter, a basic ingredient in Ethiopian cuisine

41. Berbere A red-pepper based spice mixture, used in Ethiopian dishes

42. The krar are harps while another more fiddle-like instrument is known as masenko.

43. Kebaro Very common in popular and religious music is the kabaro or kebero. When the women and men dance in their beautiful white robes they dance on the rhythm of the drums

44. Upon the death of a family member, family would express their grief openly by crying loudly and beating their chests.

45. scrape a thorny fruit across their faces

46. Both women and men would usually shaved their heads and wore black clothing.

47. DAY 3: Family and friends once again visit the home of the deceased, bringing food and drink

48. DAYS 40, 80, 180: On each of these days after the death, family and friends will bring food and drink and gather at the church or grave site to memorialize the deceased. The food would include a container of injera (a very thin type of pita bread), a container of wot (a type of stew) and homemade bread. The priests would cut the bread and pass out to beggars and others at the church (deacons, other priests, etc.). It was considered a good thing to give food to the poor and "forgotten" in honor of the deceased.

49. ANNUALLY: On the annual date of the death, a memorial service such as the ones mentioned above took place, with food being brought to the church, shared with beggars, etc. If the family was affluent, they might have the ceremony at their home instead of at the church. After the first anniversary of the death, people usually stopped wearing black and allowed their hair to grow back.

50. THE SEVENTH YEAR: At the seventh anniversary of the death, a feast would be held at the church or, if affluent, at the home. A goat or other livestock would usually be butchered and homemade ale would be brought. The ceremony was like the others, but on a larger scale. This point seems to be the maximum for mourning; after this, the annual ceremonies cease.

51. Shoes should be removed before entering mosques and churches

52. Photographs should not be taken of military buildings and airports, and permission should be asked before photographing religious festivals and people.

53. Tourist hotels and restaurants usually add a 10% service charge to the bill. Otherwise tipping is fairly common, but only small amounts are customary.

54. The Great Run - Nov 18th (my birthday is an Ethiopian holiday)
It is not a religious holiday but a big running event among the biggest and first of its kind in Africa, held in the month of November every year.This event was pioneered by Haile G. Selassie, the greatest long distance runner in the world and most famous for his numerous athletic records. People of all ages numbering 25,000 or more participate in this great international event, counting it as a great joy and privilege to run with world class athletes.

55. Coffee ceremony
For the visitor a real and exotic experience will be to take part in this traditional coffee ceremony accompanied by freshly cut grass scattered on the ground, burning incense and coffee beans roasting in a pan.As the smoke rises you’ll be offered the delicious aroma, to draw toward you and inhale.The beans are then ground with a pestle and mortar and brewed with water in a pan. When it is finally ready, the coffee is served in tiny cups in three turns served with ‘Buna-kurse’ a small snack, usually popcorn is the other part of what is a beautiful ceremony.

Ethiopian Culture

Children Dying
We Will Never Forget

Ethiopia, A Closer Look at Ethiopian Adoption


"I Saw What I Saw"
One Hope: A Story of Ethiopian Orphans

Africa Ophans - A Message From Rick Warren

Silas' First Phone Call

Touching Ethiopia

Touching Ethiopia - Part Two

Our Adoption from Ethiopia

Mission Ethiopia

2008 Mission Video: Planting in Ethiopia

Ethiopia's Street Children

"Mesgana" Dancers 2007 Tour - Concert Interlude #2
Hannas Orphan Home

Addis Ababa - The Zone Activity Week - Part 01

Addis Ababa - The Zone Activity Week - Part 02

74. Ethiopian market in SLC African Treasure Market located at 1532 South State, Salt Lake City, UT 84115.

75. Colorado heritage camp

76. Ethiopian Camp

77. African Restaurant & Mini-Mart
1878 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Yahoo groups
78. adoptionhair_skincare
79. AHOPEforchildren
80. CAFEKids
81. Christian-International-Adoption
82. ethio-utah
83. EthiopiaAAR
84. EthiopiaAdopt
85. ethiopianadoptionconnections
86. single-adopt-ethiopia
87. UtahTransracialAdoption

89. Ethiopia books

90. Ethiopian Names Website

91. Ethiopian Newspaper in English

92. Fair trade coffee

93. Music, books, kids games

94. Ethiopian embassy USA

95. US embassy Addis Ababa

CDC’s recommendations for travel

Website for AHOPE organization

98. Medical testing



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