Archive for the ‘Ethiopia Geography & History’ Category

Before I clue you in to why I titled this post with an appropriate Kanye lyric, I will give you a Peanut update….

He is growing!  He is now 22 inches and 9.5 pounds!  We are eagerly awaiting our court date in LESS THAN 3 WEEKS.

Now for the reference…

Our agency publishes a monthly newletter.  This month included a trivia section.  Since I know you all area eager to brush up on your ET trivia,  I am copying it straight from the page of the e-mail for your taking.

Pop quizzes to follow, so be prepared or Prof. M. may reprimand you.

Ethiopia Quiz

Questions, Answers and Links for more info!  Answers below!

1. Ethiopian Christmas, called “Ganna”, is celebrated on December 30th.
True or False

2. Does Ethiopia have a sea coast?
Yes or No

3. Coffee is Ethiopia’s greatest export.
True or False

4. The population of Ethiopia is:
a. 63 million
b. 76 million
c. 82 million
d. 95 million

5. Ethiopia is one of the top 20 most populated countries in the world.
True or False

6.  The median age of a person in Ethiopia is:
a. 6 years
b. 16 years
c. 26 years
d. 36 years

7.  An average Ethiopian woman has 4.2 children
True or False

8. Prime Minister Melese Zenawi came into power in:
a. 1987
b. 1991
c. 1995
d. 2001

9. Ethiopia has an estimated 10 million mobile phones in use.
True or False

10. It is not certain how old the name Ethiopia is.
True or False


1. False, Ganna is celebrated on January 7th!

-For more information on Ganna, click here.

2. No, Ethiopia is landlocked!
-The entire coastline along the Red Sea was lost with the de jure
independence of Eritrea on 24 May 1993  For more information, click here.

3. Yes – Coffee is critical to the Ethiopian economy, with exports of over $350 million in 2006.
– Among the many legends that have developed concerning the origin of coffee, one of the most popular accounts is that of Kaldi, an Abyssinian goatherd, who lived around AD 850. One Day he observed his goats behaving in abnormally exuberant manner, skipping, rearing on their hind legs and bleating loudly. He noticed they were eating the bright red berries that grew on the green bushes nearby. Kaldi tried a few himself, and soon felt a novel sense of elation. He filled his pockets with the berries and ran home to announce his discovery to his wife. ‘They are heaven-sent,’ she declared. ‘You must take them to the Monks in the monastery.’
–    Read the full history of coffee here.

4.  -According to CIA Factbook July 2008 estimate, Ethiopia has 82,544,840 people: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/et.html

5.  True – – Ethiopia falls at #16 for most populated countries of the world. The only other
African country with a greater population is Nigeria. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2119rank.html

6.   –  The median age (CIA, 2008) is 16.9 years. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/et.html Follow this link for a comparison to other countries: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2177.html It is interesting to note that the US median age is 36.7 years.

7.  False – -There is an average 6.17 children born to every Ethiopian woman: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/et.html

8.  – https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/et.html  follow this link for more information on the Ethiopian government. Here is a link for more in-depth information on Zenawi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meles_Zenawi

9.  -False, according to CIA Factbook (2007) Ethiopia has 1.208 million mobile  phones; ranking them at 126th in the world. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2151rank.html

10.  – Its earliest attested use is in the Iliad (appears twice) and in the Odyessey (appears three times): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia

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After re-reading my post from yesterday, it was incredibly clear that I was both tired and frustrated. Emotional writing can be quite profound, but yesterdays post was me spinning my wheels. My subject matter was fragmented and point of view hard to follow.  I do plan on returning to some of the topics initiated yesterday, primarily our choice of international adoption from Ethiopian, but as I ended my post with last night, I need some time to gather my thoughts.  It is occurring to me that is may be part of a snowballing discussion that could seem rather bitchy unless I organize it better.  First in my head then into written word – perhaps later this week.

Since the I cannot muster the talent to mold the English language to explain myself why not switch to Amharic?

I am only partially joking.  Amharic is the national language of Ethiopia.  Total there are 89 languages (85 living) in this African nation of 76 million.  While Amharic is the national language, our child’s family may come from one of the other 84 native languages.  If so, they we will have two Ethiopian languages to master.

M. and I made the decision that learning Amharic will be our child’s equivalent of piano lessons. We spoke with many international adoptees that have returned to their birth country only to feel like an outsider because they did not posses the language. Our child can chose the identity with which they wish to identify, we will not push Ethiopian culture or food, but language acquisition skills are different. Language skills are an important cognitive development and educational tool.  If we were Jewish we would push Hebrew and if  we were devote Catholic we would push Latin.

Don’t worry, we are planning on learning it also.

Tomorrow I will be trying to locate a grad student who can help us with our studies and contemplate ordering an interactive program that I researched online.   I want to have a basic structural understanding of the language before we travel. With 250 characters in the alphabet, I may not get past the equivalent of my ABC’s.

Our child on the other hand, will have many resources available for them.  This site is just one I found tonight.

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