According to his mother Bizunesh, Alemayehu was born “nine months after the Italians left,” which on best accounts probably refers to the World War II Peace Treaty, signed in February 1947. Together with two sisters and a cow, they lived in a small, straw hut—without water or electricity—in a land known as the “forgotten place” […]

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If you live in the U.S., your newsfeeds are currently filled with passionate #midterms debates. Healthcare. Immigration. Education. Equal Rights.  Ethiopia’s top issues are also health care, immigration, education, equal rights Now imagine you live in a country, Ethiopia, that has no organized health care system and limited access for many. Girls as young as […]

My first attempt was by accident. I prepared steak with bearnaise for a small crowd of new friends and played the soundtrack to the 2005 indie film, Broken Flowers, for its eclectic, syncopated sounds. It sounded like this: My Ethiopian guests were impressed with my appreciation for Ethiopian jazz! Mulatu Astatke is generally regarded as […]

Don’t you wish you had more time at the end of the year? Ethiopians manage to squeeze a short 13th month to the end of theirs, culminating with the end of the rainy season and the emergence of little, yellow wildflowers across the countryside. This September holiday commemorates the return of the Queen of Sheba […]

Throughout the many seasons of Downton Abbey, Lord Robert Crawley and his valet John Bates make references to their days fighting in the South African War. They were participating in the “scramble for Africa,” an intense period of European colonization between 1884 and 1914. Almost the entirety of the Dark Continent came under the rule […]

Like many other 80s children, I once stared at a plate of liver and onions for an entire evening—refusing to succumb to my parent’s guilt-trip in the name of starving children in Ethiopia. My husband hates that story. The famine certainly marked a dark spot on Ethiopia’s history, and it deserves more attention in a […]

Ethiopia largely went “off the grid” following the implementation of King Fasilides’ closed-door policy in the 1620s. The country’s policy, along with the advantage of its geography, helped to isolate it from the conquests of European colonialists. Toward the end of the African scramble, Italy tried to capture what remained. First, an Italian shipping company […]