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Ethiopia 2016




Area 1.1M km²

Arable 13%

Population 96.6M (79/km²)

Gov’t Federal Republic

Capital Addis Ababa (3M)

GCP/capita $1,300

In poverty 39%

Wealth owned by top 10 percent 27%

Life expectancy 61 yrs

Infant Mortality 56/1K live births


Literacy 39%

Languages Amharic, Oromo, Somali, Tigrinya, Sidamo, Wolaytta, Gurage, Afar, English, other

Religions Ethiopian Orthodox, Muslim, Protestant, other

Labor Force Agriculture 85%, industry 5%, services 10%

PCVs 1962–1977, 1995–1999, 2007–present CURRENT: 220, TTD: 3,490; education, health, agriculture, environment

Adult Books

Held at a Distance: My Rediscovery of EthiopiaHeld at a Distance: My Rediscovery of Ethiopia
Rebecca G. Haile, 2007

Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Format: Paperback 195 pages
ISBN-10: 0897335562 / ISBN-13: 978-0897335560

Synopsis: This powerful book gives readers a chance to experience Ethiopia through the personal experience of a writer who is both Ethiopian and American. It takes readers beyond headlines and stereotypes to a deeper understanding of the country. This is an absorbing account of the author’s return trip to Ethiopia as an adult, having left the country in exile with her family at age 11. She profiles relatives and friends who have remained in Ethiopia, and she writes movingly about Ethiopia’s recent past and its ancient history. She offers a clear-eyed analysis of the state of the country today, and her keen observations and personal experience will resonate with readers. This is a unique glimpse into a fascinating African country by a talented writer.

Kids' Books

The Storyteller's BeadsThe Storyteller's Beads
Jane Kurtz, illus Michael Bryant, 1998, AGES 12–15

Publisher: Harcourt Brace, San Diego, CA
Format 154 pp
ISBN 0-15-201074-2

Synopsis: During the political strife and famine of the 1980's, two Ethiopian girls struggle to overcome many difficulties, as they make the dangerous journey out of Ethiopia.


Film: Teza
Director: Haile Gerima, 2008
Languages: English, subtitles


Gigi (Ejigayehu Shibabaw): Zomaye

Gigi (Ejigayehu Shibabaw): Gole

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