Welcome to Ethiopia
A new-found friendship
“Hello and welcome to Ethiopia. We are Addisu (17) and Habtam (18) and we were brought up at the SOS Children’s Village in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We say it was the golden generation – the time we were living there. We now live in a youth house and are currently studying in the hope of going to University.
Although we were both brought up at the SOS Children’s Village, it is only now we have become good friends, after making the videos on our country. It has been a lot of fun creating films and reporting on our lives. Sometimes we’ve had to do a few takes with the videos; we make each other laugh too much!
Ethiopia is a very beautiful country and there is so much more to see of it than what is shown on televisions across the world. While Ethiopia is known for experiencing devastating droughts, it is also a country full of colour, culture and opportunity. Just see for yourself what we have been up to.”
Addisu and Habtam have become good friends. Their chemistry is fun to watch as they make jokes with each other in the films. Addisu and Habtam have two very different personalities. Addisu is the joker and Habtam is more serious, though she is crazy about football. Both are exceptionally clever; grade A students with bright futures. Addisu has been to the prestigious Hermann Gmeiner College, one of the finest schools in Africa.
Coffee is the main export, earning the country over 550 million dollars each year. Ethiopia is one of the world’s top ten producers of green coffee beans.
The central plateau region of the country supports a huge population with one of the largest areas of fertile land in east Africa, despite the images seen of Ethiopia as a dry and barren place following the drought and famine of 1985.
Ethiopia has the second highest population in Africa (after Nigeria), with 83 million people.
Common illnesses in Ethiopia include malaria, tuberculosis and respiratory infections.
HIV/AIDS is also a problem, with the last estimates putting the number of people living with the disease at nearly one million.