Water Magic: Ethiopia. Burka project in West Hararghie district. Thirsty Ethiopians take advantage of the Spring and Water development engineered by CARE International. Total crop failure and drought in the area has made these people totally dependant on aid. Without these projects these people will starve.
The story behind Nicky Lewin’s award winning photograph.
Arrived in Ethiopia in a daze. I had just finished working in D.R. Congo and Rwanda and was beginning to wilt under the strain of some very long days of bumpy driving and various accommodation which varied from the luxurious to finding a scruffy black fury rat/cat type thing in my dung walled bathroom.. [When you?re nude these things are always more alarming].
However, Africa is wonderful. Great people, great rhythm, great scenery. And always a surprise or two. I have been going there on and off for ten years now and my love for the continent is a deep and growing one. At times it makes you want to weep it can be so cruel and sad. Other times it can make you want to weep it can be so obscenely beautiful. Hearing African children sing for instance, is awesome and divine. This is the tale of a recent assignment for CARE International in Ethiopia.
Like much of Africa, AIDS is rife, the pitiful sight of street children living in a dangerous underworld is upsetting, and filthy slum areas force people to fight for their dignity. But the capital has one foot very firmly in the modern world with internet cafes, golf courses, beautiful hotels with good electricity etc. You know you are in an important place.
Farmers Hopelessness: Farmer 42 year old Ahmud Mohammed Yonis in the middle of his failed sorghum crop used for pancake type bread, at Miesso District..
Ethiopia Running: West Hararghie. Ethiopians in high spirits that is possible thanks to the aid that is keeping them alive.
Ethiopia Walking: Ethiopians returning from the Burka water project in West Hararghie.