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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Did you know...

In Ethiopia...

  • ...One in ten children die before their first birthday
  • ...One in six children die before their fifth birthday
  • ...44% of the population of Ethiopia is under 15 years old
  • ...60% of children in Ethiopia are stunted because of malnutrition
  • ...The median age in Ethiopia is 17.8 years
  • ...1.5 million people are infected with AIDS (6th highest in the world)
  • ...720,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS alone
  • ...Per capita, Ethiopia receives less aid than any country in Africa
  • ...In the 90s the population (3%) grew faster than food production (2.2%)
  • ...Drought struck the country from 2000-2002 (first year no crops, second year no seeds, third year no animals)
  • ...Half the children in Ethiopia will never attend school. 88% will never attend secondary school.
  • ...Coffee prices (Ethiopia’s only major export) fell 40-60% from 1998-2002.
  • ...Ethiopia’s doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000.
  • ...In 1993, after 30 long years of war, Eritrea broke from Ethiopia and became an independent nation leaving Ethiopia landlocked without any major seafaring ports.

Just something to think about...

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