S: Peace Crops Volunteer: Ethiopia
FC: Peace Corps Volunteer: Ethiopia
1: Ethiopia Facts:
2: Ethiopia Population: 88 million Government: federal republic religion: 45 percent belongs to the EThiopian Orthodox Church Culture: very quite and self preserved Economy: In poverty
3: Facts on Ethiopia: 1. Since the new government took over Ethiopia in 1991 the media has transformed into free press. 2. Coffee originated in Ethiopia | 3. Ethiopian currency is the Ethiopian Birr, which is consisted up of 100 cents. 4. The national dish for most Ethiopians is injera, | 5. Ethiopia as more than 80 languages and over 200 dialects. 6. Ethiopia didn't become and independent country until 1991.
4: Peace Corps: Ethiopia Here I Come
5: March 1, 2011 Its pretty weird coming to Ethiopia from America. It is like your whole life in an instant changed from the best feeling of life to the worst it has ever been. When I first came here with the Peace Corps, it looked practically like I was amongst hell. However, I did not come here to have a culture shock; I came here to help with the Ethiopian people. Today I helped with the children who have the AIDS virus. Statistics say that an estimated 2.6 million people had recently had became infected with the virus in 2009. To me that is astonishing. Learning a lot about the AIDS virus and what it is actually capable of within an impoverished country terrifies me My team and I went into the local clinic to see how much damage had come amongst the dying ill children. When I walked into the clinic, I had no clue what I was in for. There was this little girl there, her name was Aamina. The doctor said that she was around 3 years old and was due to die any day. Just sitting there I felt the pain that she was going through. While talking with the doctors in the clinic, Aamina and I had become almost inseparable from one another. She was the cutest little girl I had ever seen in my life. Even though I and she became close I could not become too attached. She was so frail and thin it was just very upsetting to not only me but my team as well. Going to help out that clinic was very eye opening to me. I had learned a lot about AIDS that I never really knew about before and hopefully with the new information I had learned I could educate many people in American about the disease. Today was a great experience for me and hopefully the rest of my time here will be as well. AIDS can also thank the impoverished state of the country and the high rate of child sex trafficking in Ethiopia.
6: Within Ethiopia and all of Africa there is one major effective disease that is spread throughout many in the country. This epidemic is the AIDS virus.An estimated 2.6 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2009
7: In Ethiopia, there are many diseases that are spread throughout the country. One of the deadliest diseases not only in Ethiopia, but in all of Africa is Aids. Since 1981, more that 25 million people have died from aids. Even though in the United States many have been treated for this disease, here in Ethiopia many don't ever get the help they need to stay free from this disease and make the country healthier.
8: Another major issue that many people have to deal with in Ethiopia is the bad economy and the poor conditions within the country that effect the people most. In recent figures, Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries within the entire world.
9: With the many problems of being in poverty and the AIDS epidemic upon Ethiopia there is also a leading epidemic that involves the children of Ethiopia. Child sex trafficking is one of the most leading crimes within Ethiopia to date. Within the sex trafficking of children, many are kidnapped and sold to men who would sell their bodies and get prophet for the child.
11: The act of selling a child is very common in Ethiopia. Many do so to make money and supply their families with what they need to survive. throughout these children's lives they will never forget what they had to go through as children and will hold all their pain in.
12: News Clippings
13: January 25, 2011 This opportunity has been getting better and better every week I am here. In the beginning it was hard to understand why people live this way and how the Ethiopian people were actually still alive. Throughout my stay and helping these people with the team I was sent with is actually making me a stronger person. Seeing how these people live within the poverty their country has been facing for decades is a miracle in my eyes. Also, being here longer that i was the first time I wrote a letter I have realized that in America we take everything for granted. All the American teens around my age (18) is all into things like I Pods, flat screen TV, cell phones, and all together superficial things. Whereas, in Ethiopia it is a delight to wake up and look outside in the morning sun. Doing this you could smell the Neutrality of the coffee beans and seeing children and all the people of Ethiopia enjoying what nature has to offer the world. Most children and young adults in the states are over weight from playing video games and not caring about what is outside for people to enjoy.What I'm trying to say here is that it seems for a typical American teen like me that teenagers and young kids over here know how to have more fun with the resources that they have rather that what they invent.Not having what us Americans have back at home in Ethiopia is due to their impoverished nation that effects not only their country but most of South Africa as well.
15: This is the most influential article that I have found while my tour in Ethiopia. It is about how the major famine within the country is effecting the children the most, and how it is spreading within the children like wildfire. It is very hard to read this because I could imagine if America was in a major famine and this epidemic of death due to the famine happened to my family. | Famine
16: In this article, people have to deal with the famine within Ethiopia that had been going on for many years. In the beginning of the article it says that 50 to 100 children are dying daily.
17: In this article, it is shown that the economy in Ethiopia has always been and will always be idle which to them is of them being in an impoverished country.
18: Within this article, myself like many people have learned that the Ethiopian people needed major help around the time the article was published. This article also shows that Ethiopia and America are very close to their democratic nature.
19: In this article, Ex President George W. Bush states that he will not help just Ethiopia, but he will try to help all of Africa with such problems with their poverty, famine, and help to medicate all the children that are in need of help with the AIDS vaccine.
20: Legal Documents
22: Document 1
23: These documents believe it or not are one in the same. They are both the same document; however, the one to the left is in Ethiopian dialect and the one on the right is English. The legal document states that rejects the accusation that it politicizes the use of development aid in any shape or form or that it has misused any of the development aid so generously provided by the international community
24: Document 2
25: These legal document is a revocation of an adoption agency in Ethiopia. It lists all of the reasons why the agency had to be revoked and had to end. This would be considered as a termination in the United States
27: March 2, 2011 I've been in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps now for about a year. I am really starting to understand the Ethiopian peoples culture. The way these people live inspires me like no other. Even though they know their country is not at its best, they still enjoy everything they have and feel blessed for it. While my stay in this country I have also was introduced to many different and odd things. One of these things that is included in the culture of this country would have to be the jewelry the men and women wear. it is very different from what the men and women wear in America. Ethiopian Jewelry shows their culture within it. Like their jewelry, their art does too. Almost every piece tells a story of their history, struggles, and endeavors the country had faced only slightly over a decade ago to get to where the Ethiopian people are today.
28: Artifact 1
29: The first artifact I had seen in Ethiopia that that caught my eyes would be the bracelets because of the gleam that came off of the gold plate. Another thing that came across my eye that this bracelet had a great amount of detail and patterns on the top of the bracelet that I really enjoyed.
30: These Ethiopian crosses are considered early 20th century silver crosses. The thing that shocked me was that the crosses weighted a lot more than I had expected. | Artifact 2
31: This necklace is not only just a necklace. Back in the day in Ethiopia it is used for a commonplace for people to make an amulet containing a sacred text and wear it around their necks for protection and luck. | Artifact 3
32: Artifact 4 This painting is one of the most important things in Ethiopia. This is something called traditional paintings. These paintings are all around Ethiopia and many people seem to enjoy them. | Artifact 5 This sculpture is made by the artist Elias Sime. This piece like all of his famous art works are made of recycled objects. He does this because he believes that the recycled objects tell the story of the country.
33: May 30, 2011 I just received notice that this is going to be my last week doing volunteer work in Ethiopia and I will be going home. This is one of those bitter sweet moments people have in life. Through out my stay here I learned so many things and realized that I had been taking all of my things for granted when I was in America. In the beginning I believed that i was going to be in the Peace Corps to help those who needed. However, that was not the ending result. Being here helped me become a better person. Even though many things needed to be helped with in this country, it will never amount to how being here changed my life for the better. Someday i would like to come back and do it all over again. I will miss being here and waking up wondering what would be in store for me that day. Thanks for giving me the experience of A lifetime that I will never forget, Sincerely, Sean Hunton
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36: 11. Weidinger, Alfred. "Hamer Girl near Turmi, Ethiopia." Flickr. Yahoo , 28 Aug. 2010. Web. 17 Feb. 2011.
37: 18. Shrigs, Peter. "Ehtiopia's Shift to Democracy Depends on US Aid." The Christian Science Monitor [Boston] 3 Feb. 1992, natl ed.: America's Historical Newspapers. Web. 4 Apr. 2011.
38: 20. Press, Robert M. "Ethiopian Economy Idles Despite Radical Moves." The Christian Science Monitor [Boston ] 7 May 1990, natl ed.: 4. ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Web. 4 Apr. 2011.
39: 22. Kristof, Nicholas D. "Bush, A Friend of Africa." New York Times [New York ] 5July 2005, natl ed., sec. A: A17. ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Web. 5 Apr. 2011.