Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Looking Back In Order to Look Forward - Part II

What a difference a day makes......

Yesterday's post, a link to last year's Ethiopia trip Day 2 (Day 1 is a travel day) journaled a visit to El Olam Orphanage. Today's link to Day 3 is going to look a little different.

It was on Day 3 that the team went to Korah. Kelly states on her blog that 130,000 people live in Korah. That's ONE HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND people. Living...breathing...people. What's the big deal, you say? The big deal is that Korah is a trash dump. A trash dump! Let that sink in for a second.

Here....let me see if I can help.

Korah, in Amharic, means "cursed".

How about this?

Korah is a community of approximately 100,000 located near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The community was established approximately 75 years ago to serve as a leper colony and provide residence for individuals with communicable diseases. As leprosy has been eliminated, it has developed a social stigma of poverty and illness. The community of Korah faces many challenges; however poverty, lack of education and income generation are three key areas of concern.

Or this?

I don't know if I have fully wrapped my mind around the fact that I am going to Korah. I don't know if it's even possible. But I am.


Leigh said...

I thought I had seen the trash dump video, but I had never seen this. Oh my. All those people digging through the trash...I cannot even imagine the smell much less what they could possibly find in there. But they all look SO HAPPY. And they are all SO BEAUTIFUL. And how are you going to go in there and not just want to bring them all home with you?

Kelley said...

You have probably seen Kelly's Korah video....this is a different video that I thought told the story of the people of Korah better. Amazing, huh?