Traveling in the south, in the town of Awassa, we passed some schoolgirls on their way home. We asked if we could take their picture. At first they were shy but soon entered in the spirit of the occasion.
Forty years earlier, maybe 15% of my students were girls. Today in response to a concerted effort (remember the Women’s Conference), the percentage is much higher. As was true before, education is the principal path upward for most young people in Ethiopia.
The following morning, Demeke, a former student who now lives and works in Awassa, took three of us to breakfast at his wife’s restaurant. Afterwards, he was kind to help us go shopping for fabric with tribal designs. It was a fun outing and our ladies found some fabric shawls they really liked.