Sunday, November 11, 2007

Did you know?

In Ethiopia... Did you know that in Ethiopia... ~One in ten children die before their first birthday ~One in six children die before their fifth birthday ~44% of the population of Ethiopia is under 15 years old ~60% of children in Ethiopia are stunted because of malnutrition ~The median age in Ethiopia is 18 years 1.5 million people are infected with AIDS (6th highest in the world) ~720,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS alone ~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. ~Ethiopia has approx. 4.3 million orphans and the country is twice the size of Texas.

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