Friday, March 19, 2010

Our first day in Ethiopia

Our first day in Ethiopia is today. Our goal is to get to know a little bit about he culture and the people. A few interesting facts about Ethiopia...Did you know this is the birthplace of coffee? Yup it is where coffee was founded and became the popular drink of America today

Ethiopia is a landlocked state in the Horn of Africa, is one of the most ancient countries in the world. it is the second most populous nation in Africa with over 79.2 million people. 5 million are said to be orphans.

There is tons of history in Ethiopia. Besides being an ancient country, Ethiopia is one of the oldest sites of human existence known to scientists today—here has been found some of humanity's oldest traces, they claim it might be the place where Homo sapiens first set out for the Middle East and points beyond. Lucy, discovered in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia's Afar region, is considered the world’s second oldest, but most complete, and best preserved adult Australopithecine fossil. Lucy's species is named Australopithecus afarensis, which means 'southern ape of Afar', after the Ethiopian region where the discovery was made. Lucy is estimated to have lived in Ethiopia 3.2 million years ago. There have been other fossil findings including early hominin Ardipithicus ramidus, Ardi.

It is the only country in Africa that claims it has never been colonized. What this means is that Ethiopia (formerly Abbysinia) was never concured and the people were not turned to slaves. It would be very unlikely that an African American that had roots going back to the times of the slaves could ever say they were Ethiopian.

Ethiopia has some of Africa's highest mountains as well as some of the world's lowest points below sea level. There are altogether around 80 different ethnic groups (tribes) in Ethiopia today. They speak Amharic and a few people know English. Also the blue Nile runs into Ethiopia from the North. This is part of the waters so famous in Egypt which is north west of Ethiopia.

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