A Mile With… Alfred, the Rescue Driver
After crossing the border from Ethiopia into Kenya, I met Alfred. He is with the Kenyan Red Cross in Moyale in Northern Kenya. As a rescue driver, he is always one of the first at the scene when accidents or violent incidents happen in the region. At the beginning of this year, he witnessed the clashes between the Gabra and Borana communities that left 34 people dead. He told me that the two communities were fighting for influence in the county ahead of the coming elections. Yet, Alfred is hopeful that peace has been restored.
A Mile With… Adam, The Nurse
Adam lives in the village of Saba in Southern Ethiopia. He says he tunes in to DW’s Amharic Radio program about once a week and is especially interested in all issues related to health. No wonder: he works as the local nurse for the 2000 inhabitants of Saba and its surroundings. It was his day off when I came through, but he still showed me the small clinic he is running there. His goal: to double the number of immunizations in the village.
A Mile With… Thomas, The Development Professional
Thomas Tiedeman is program manager of the technical assistance unit for the European Commission civil society fund in Ethiopia. A complicated title? Yes, but development cooperation is also a complicated business, says Thomas, who comes from Germany. I met him in his office in Addis Ababa where he told me about the administrative side of development.
A Mile With… Abenazer, The German-Learner
At the Goethe-Institute in Addis Ababa I met Abenazer, who is currently studying German. He told me why and then he went on to the so-called “DW Point”, where students can check out multimedia content in German and 29 other languages at dw.de. Do you also want to learn German? Have a look at DW’s language courses and join the Facebook-community of more than 90.000 German-learners!
A Mile With… Mikyes, The 8th-Grader
Mikyes is in grade eight at the German Church School in Addis Ababa. He told me what’s so special about this school that is mainly financed by donations and provides a meal per day and quality education to kids from poor families as well. Mikyes’ dream: to study law and become a business lawyer.