We are cooped up in a hotel room full of A plus refrigerated air. It’s a remodeled room with a view of a cement wall. Next to that window hangs another curtain covering a windowless wall. The Cape Hotel sits on Mamba Point overlooking the Atlantic ocean. There are a couple fancy neighboring hotels, a […]
I knew Luke for a short period during his stay in Ethiopia. Together we cleaned and equipped a few rock climbing routes near Addis Ababa. Luke set off in 2012 on a journey from London to Capetown on a 1924 Velocette motorcycle. He had already traveled over 8000km when he rolled into Addis Ababa. He […]
Four years ago, the town of Dessie decided it was no longer a town. Garbage piling on the streets signaled the transition. Previously Dessie the ‘Town’ had not been concerned about its waste, which seemed to be washed away with the rains, picked through by the poor, eaten by grazing goats or carried away in […]
Something was going to happen, dogs sense change. I get anxious when I see the crate move from the hallway to the patio, back to the hallway and then to the living room. I have bouts of shaking when the humans start acting like a surprise party is being planned and nobody talks about it. […]
You could say my life didn’t start off on the right foot. They told me that I was a bastard child. They called me useless like it was my name. They said evil spirits were inside my body. I am the shadow of the devil. I am an unholy creation. All my life, they told […]
Para leer este relato en castellano, haz clic aquí In 2011, the village elders in Ruqi, a small settlement located in western Somaliland near the Ethiopian border, met with agriculture experts from an international donor-funded project to talk about testing seed varieties and growing vegetables. The NGO promised bountiful yields, successful farmers, and more vegetable […]
Para leer este relato en castellano, haz clic aquí I was sound asleep on a bamboo bed rubbing my muzzle into Nico’s belly and half submerged in a cotton blanket wrapped around his feet, when I heard commotion outside of the hut. It was still too cold, 3000m in the Gamo Gofa mountains in Southern Ethiopia, […]
When Bayele was ten years old his mother gave him 15 birr ($2 USD), wrapped a portion of bread in a towel and made her son promise not to eat it until he arrived. She tried to explain to Bayele that he was going to a bigger school where he would learn new things. He […]
Para leer esta historia en español, haz clic aquí When a certain faith manages to strip its believers of their last grain of compassion, it strips them of their spirituality as well. -Wafa Sultan, Syrian psychiatrist When Munira Ahmed Yusuf was in the 11th grade, she got pregnant. Even in high school, she had no […]
Numerology How long does a man really live? On average a man lives 28,000 days or 672,000 hours. But are those hours truly lived or just hours of life? Are we alive during sleep, which accounts for nearly half of our lives? And if we discount the time spent in the office, considered by some […]
I was already deep in a wadi with three Omani guys drinking Turkish tall cans. I knew alcohol was not totally banned in the Sultanate of Oman, but I didn’t expect to get wasted on (expensive) cheap beer on my first night […]
There comes a time when rock climbers start to think about what it means to climb walls that have never been climbed before. Climbers begin to wonder if they have the smarts, strength and guts to go to remote places, untested rock, and start climbing. Carrying a heavy rack and the possibility of failure, […]
When the Ethiopian Orthodox Pope actually left his mansion to meet with reporters and gripe about the homosexuals coming to Addis Ababa, I thought the most important man in Ethiopia was surely going to give another sound reason on why there’s no possible way to allow a seminar on Men Having Sex with Men at a […]
During her three years in Ethiopia, Nancy Russell achieved celebrity status in Addis Ababa’s farenji world. Her ex-pat, aid worker stats made her out to be nothing less than typical: a single, mature woman with more rings than fingers and a pint-sized dog that yapped at strangers. However, Nancy Russell was anything but typical. She […]
Watchyman kept my street clear of strife Until he migrated North to start a new life Crossing the border He could finally afford her When he traded his Dolphins coat for a Bolivian wife
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- Nancy & The Clay Chickens 22. Sep, 2011
- ‘I am Evolution’ 02. Jan, 2013
- Look Homeward, Bayele 05. Oct, 2012
- The Gay Arab in Africa 14. Dec, 2011
- Welcome to Liberia 12. Sep, 2013
- The Bole Jail & Cellblock One 10. Jun, 2013
- Life & Death on a Garbage Cliff 10. Apr, 2013
- Mino’s Tails: Flight Therapy 17. Feb, 2013
- ‘I am Evolution’ 02. Jan, 2013
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