|Photo Essay -
it seems, is the busiest month in the lives of urbane Ethiopians. All
decisions held up throughout the rainy season seem to be finalized by
September. In our case, a senior member of our photo team's dream of
emigrating to the West finally bore fruits. True, it is a huge loss for us
- and we are even tempted to say to the country - that such talent
continue to leave Ethiopia and empower the West. But who would dare to
stand to change the course of dreams of this talented girl? Perhaps,
in the long run, Ethiopia and those of us who have decided to cast our lot
with the fate of the country may stand to gain from the experience,
entrepreneurship, and re-invigorated blood that these émigrés of today but
returnees of tomorrow will bring. The PhotoEssay Team explains why they
have been silent for 2 months.
August 7, 2004: A rainy Saturday afternoon in the Entoto mountains – along the Gojam road – almost 9000 ft above sea level finds our elite athletes doing their last minute preparations for the highly anticipated races of the Athens 2004 Olympics. These are mountains that challenge even some of the well-maintained all-terrain vehicles of the country. The air is Kremt-crisp, with a whiff of the smell of wet red volcanic mountain soil and the tingling and penetrating aroma of the ever-present Eucalyptus tree pervading the country-side. Kenenisa - the rising super star of Ethiopian athletics – leads the group at a constant and amazingly smooth pace as the altitude keeps on increasing. Story and Photos here. August 15, 2004.
"Shashemene has always been a town for the restless; the kind who could not stay at a place long enough to discover the beauty of a place," write our Photo Essay team documenting a piece on their recent visit to the Great Ethiopian Rift Valley. Along the way, they comment on Sheikh Al Amoudi's new farm in the Shashemene area and a memorable visit to the Rasta village. Photos here. July 23, 2004.
Our photo essay team comments, "With the Mekanisa hills and the Mighty Furi Mountain providing a background from far, we enjoyed the Chinese performing a ‘Spring Festival’ dance (comrades, it is rainy season here!) and the Ihadeg army orchestra playing ‘Balageru’ (Guad Ihadegoch, with your new found love to our city, your ‘base’ - the ‘Balageru’ may feel betrayed!)" Photos here. July 17, 2004.
'Aye Merkato', was what Poet Tsegaye Gebre Medhin once wrote about this place that holds a special place in every Addis Ababans collective memory. "Aye" is of course just a phrase; but in the pen of this giant poet, 'aye' says a lot about Merkato. Inspired by the poet's words, our Photo Essay team documents a story on Merkato. Photos and story here. January 12,04.
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