9°N 38°E

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9°N 38°E

(Fascinating story. Text books will locate Addis Ababa 9°N 38°E . But how accurate is that . This little story should delight any amatuer astronomer.)
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“(visited by Jez Bennett and Grant Waldron)
24-Apr-2006 — With so many confluence points untaken in Ethiopia I thought it would be a formality to tick off a few during my two-months stay. However, nothing fell my way while leading tours in the North, and despite a foray down south to the Bale Mountains, I was left empty handed. It was left to my penultimate day in the country to go in search of one not far from Addis.
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The last remaining member of my departing group Grant aka ‘the captain’, joined me in the quest despite having to catch a plane the same evening. After negotiating a reasonable fee with a taxi, we set off on the main road directly west out of Addis. The supposedly terrible road was in fact pretty good and in many parts recently surfaced and repaired. It took about 3 hours to reach the town of Gīnch’ī, which on the map appears very close to the Confluence. It was in fact about another 10 km drive to get to the nearest point accessible by road, leaving us with a 3 km walk across open fields.
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Our walk through the fields caused a considerable herd of children to follow us. Familiar cries of “You, give me Birr!”, and “Where are you going?” grew tiresome, so I told them we were walking to Sudan. This had the desired effect, so by the time we reached the Confluence we were alone.
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Being in an open area, the site of the Confluence offers good views over the surrounding fields, local settlements and tasty wildlife.
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Our journey back proved uneventful, managing to dodge the kids who were surprised to learn Sudan was so close. Grant was able to catch his flight home; the cowboy cabbie made a nice buck, and I finally had an Ethiopian Confluence.”
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(Source: confluence.org/confluence.php?lat=9&lon=38)

 

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“Ethiopianism is the concept that transcends personal, tribal, and regional loyalties. It is the belief held by the Ethiopian who thinks in terms of the people as a whole…. To him what matters is not his loyalty to one person, religious or tribal groups, but to the development of the people, as a whole. To him, the leader or the government is but the agent for carrying out the development and reforms needed to lessen the misery of the population.”
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— Abdul Mejid Hussein
“Ethiopia and Ethiopianism”, Struggle 3. no.1(1968)

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Paleo-Ethiopianism

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Paleo-Ethiopianism
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“The slave “trade” was a demographic curse that bled Ethiopia dry. Ethiopian blood runs through the veins of many an Arab, Indian, Iranian, Turk,etc. Ethiopia was the favorite hunting ground of slaves to provide the insatiable need of the Arab and Ottoman worlds for their harems, bureaucracy, army, and menial jobs. And then was Bilal, the first muzeen in the Islamic religion, who was born of an Ethiopian slave mother.”
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—Teshale Tibebu
“The Making of Modern Ethiopia: 1896-1974”
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(Photo: Bilal, the first muzeen in the Islamic religion, who was born of an Ethiopian slave mother)

 

 

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Ethiopian born Irish actress Ruth Negga is making news again and there is now talk of an Oscar!
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According to Entertainment weekly, Negga and co-star Jeff Nichols’ “play the real-life Virginia couple Mildred and Richard Loving, who in 1958 were arrested in their bedroom for the crime of matrimony. Mildred was black and Richard was white — and that was indeed illegal at the time. And, in fact, it remained so until 1967, when the Lovings changed that, taking their case all the way to the Supreme Court. In a unanimous decision by the justices, the couple’s arrest was ruled unlawful, along with all state prohibitions against interracial marriage.” (May 16 2016)

 

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“Black Zion by David Jenkins(Wildwood Pres. 1975) is a clear exposition of the various manifestations of Ethiopianism since the early slave days, showing how they are sometimes purely religious. This may be read in conjunction with Black Exodus by Edwin S. Redkey(Yale University Press, 1969) which covers much the same ground,but gives more emphasis to the american movements, particularly southern slave rebellions, such as Nat Turner`s.`
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(Source: Dictionary of Race and Ethnic Relations)

 

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Poetics

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Let There Be Peace
By Lemn Sissay
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So frowns fly away like albatross
And skeletons foxtrot from cupboards,
So war correspondents become travel show presenters
And magpies bring back lost property,
Children, engagement rings, broken things.
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Let there be peace
So storms can go out to sea to be
Angry and return to me calm,
So the broken can rise up and dance in the hospitals.
Let the aged Ethiopian man in the grey block of flats
Peer through his window and see Addis before him,
So his thrilled outstretched arms become frames
For his dreams.
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Let there be peace
Let tears evaporate to form clouds, cleanse themselves
And fall into reservoirs of drinking water.
Let harsh memories burst into fireworks that melt
In the dark pupils of a child’s eyes
And disappear like shoals of silver darting fish,
And let the waves reach the shore with a
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

 

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Kaffa Kidame!

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Kaffa Kidame!

 

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