DROUGHT IN ETHIOPIA
Ethiopia is located in East-Central Africa, in the "Horn of Africa"and
is considered the "cradle of civilization." DNA studies have traced the
origin of our species back to Ethiopia; the oldest human fossils, dating
back 195,000 years, were found there. The early Christian movement dates
from the Fourth Century AD.
In Ethiopia Water Is Life primarily works in the South-Central portion
of the country, in villages off the main road which runs from the capital, Addis Ababa, to Moyale on the southern border with Kenya. This area is shaded in the image to the left.
FACTS ABOUT ETHIOPIA
Ethiopia, at 440,000 square miles, is the 27th largest country in the world; and with over 91 million people, it is the 14th most populous country in the world.
Ethiopia has 10 major rivers and lakes, Ethiopians speak more than 80 languages.
Ethiopia's religious make up is 45% Ethiopian Orthodox (Christian) Church, 35% Sunni Muslim, 11% traditional beliefs, and 9% others.
Per capita income is 5,500 BR ($344 USD), and over 35 million people (39%) live below the poverty line. The currency of Ethiopia is the Birr (BR) (worth 6¢ USD).
45 million people (50%) do not have access to clean water.
80 million people (89%) do not have access to adequate sanitation services.
Ethiopia's infant mortality is over 7% (26th highest in world and eleven times higher than the USA).
The average life expectancy is 56 years.