Wednesday, September 2, 2009


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With Ethiopian children in the Entoto Hills

I've just returned from my trip to Africa filled to the brim with vigor, a renewed sense of purpose and, if you ask me, too much darned Ethiopian coffee. It seems like things are about to get back to normal, well, sort of. After what seems like endless vacation lies reality, there is still Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Jewish New Year and High Holy Day) to look forward to with my children in New York on September 17th after which a mild depression will set in because my youngest child (Beni) will be going off to the University of Chicago on September 20th.

The latter part of this week will be devoted to writing, post Ethiopia.  I had the best summer ever! Great memories and great time! Now back to madness!!


Alan said...

WELCOME BACK COZ! I missed you alot, alot, alot! Hope your trip was a success and a fun one.


Caroline Rowley said...

Welcome Back Linda! I'm looking forward to the photos and stories.

C. L. Hulse said...

Hope you had a great trip - Africa is both exotic and intoxicating and I want to return someday....Great memories I am sure..

Welcome back!!

C.L. Hulse

Dave said...


Are you sure this is not Crooked Tree? Smile :). I an very proud of you. Once again thanks for sharing.


Ellie J said...

Welcome back home safe and sound. I am sure you have lots to tell us. Just cannot wait to hear of your experiences.


Louise Crawford said...

Hi Linda

I am so happy that you are back and in one piece. Miss you a lot. Looking forward for some stories to read and pictures to look at. Please make sure you get some rest first before you start writing.

This picture really touch my heart. I thought Belize was poor but I haven't seen any children in Belize with clothes like these and to think of all the clothes that we get rid of all the time. Even the clothes that we don't want to donate to Goodwill and other charities are in better condition than what these young children are wearing. Wish there was a way to get clothing over there.

Keep up the good work.

Dex said...

Thanks for all the hard work you have done for our village and its people. Welcome back home you look darn good sista. Love always


Rebecca E Ratz said...

First of all let me say that I am EXTREMELY jealous!!! That is, in my opinion, one of the places that everyone should visit if given the opportunity. Can't wait to hear (read) more about your adventures. Glad you're back:-)

Linda crawford said...

Hi Becky and everyone,

Thank you all so much for all your comments.

Ethiopia is one of the poorest country in the world, with a very proud and remarkable people. It is a country with a magnificent culture and history; a wealth of languages and literature.

There is great beauty in this country-rocky mountainous landscape, hilltops in the Entoto Hills perfumed with eucalyptus trees;there is history so ancient it goes beyond the Bible to touch the beginning of humankind.

Lucy,the most complete human ancestor ever discovered any where in the world,was found in Afar, Ethiopia in 1974. The skeleton of Lucy is about 3.2 million years old. She walked on two legs, placing her in the community of man.

There is wealth here; there is a huge middle class of young professionals in late-model Mercedes, marble mansions sporting satellite dishes, law schools and medical schools, bookstores and art galleries, folklorists and poets, economists and dissidents.

But at eye-level, there are hundreds and thousands of beggars on the streets. The failure of Ethiopia's economy, health-care and educational system is everywhere on the streets. The literacy rate among Ethiopia's 80 million people is only 41%, one of the worst in the world.

I think Ethiopia has the worst poverty on earth! In southern Ethiopia it is like Africa was one thousand years ago. You are right, more Americans or Westerners should visit Ethiopia to see and learn where we came from and what we take for granted here.