A week ago we watched this fire starting from our front porch. We packed up a few things and were evacuated at 1 am by the police. When the fire first started Yonas kept asking,"When are we going to evaporate?" We stayed with some amazing friends who spoiled our family and felt blessed by all of the thoughts, prayers and generous offers that we recieved from family, colleagues, neighbors, and friends. We hope that this is the first and last time that our family ever has to be 'evaporated'.
• One in ten children die before their first birthday • One in six children die before their fifth birthday • 44% of the population of Ethiopia is under 15 years old • 60% of children in Ethiopia are stunted because of malnutrition • The median age in Ethiopia is 17.8 years • 1.5 million people are infected with AIDS (6th highest in the world) • 720,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS alone, and there are 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia. • Per capita, Ethiopia receives less aid than any country in Africa • In the 90s the population (3%) grew faster than food production (2.2%) • Drought struck the country from 2000-2002 (first year no crops, second year no seeds, third year no animals) • Half the children in Ethiopia will never attend school. 88% will never attend secondary school. • Coffee prices (Ethiopia’s only major export) fell 40-60% from 1998-2002. • Ethiopia’s doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000. • In 1993, after 30 long years of war, Eritrea broke from Ethiopia and became an independent nation leaving Ethiopia landlocked without any major seafaring ports.