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 […]

Keeping up with Dr. Abiy Ahmed, is exhausting. Since emerging as Ethiopia’s new prime minister in April, he has ushered in dramatically democratic policy changes almost daily. His energy has awoken the nation. For the first time in a long time we finally got a glimpse of a united Ethiopia. An estimated 4 million citizens […]

The “hate” part of my love-hate relationship with Ethiopia began in fervor in August 2016. I was in New Jersey on business from my home location in Houston when I learned that my uncle had lost his seven years’ battle with kidney cancer. I re-routed my trip to Dallas to join my family as my […]