Saturday, February 20, 2010


• One in six children die before their fifth birthday; one in ten die before their first birthday

• 720,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS alone, and there are 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia.

• 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)

• 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.


pmalleca said...

Debb..LOVE the blog! Im so excited to follow you on your journey to your son! I love the songs..Feels like home was one of my wedding songs:)Praying you paperchase goes quickly!!

Alyson said...

Debb - thanks for the link to your blog and the phone call a couple of weeks ago! For some reason I wasn't able to view it right away, so today is the first day I have been able to get the update. Sounds like you and Jeff are well on your way! Super exciting! We continue to pray for the safe and speedy arrival of your son!

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