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Ethiopia: Home for Thousands of Garbage Scavengers

British journalist Caroline Knowles writes that Addis Ababa's city dump (aka Koshe) is the only source of survival for many Ethiopians. Koshe Dump is where Ethiopia's ruling class, the Woyanne, shares its wealth with the poor.
British journalist Caroline Knowles writes that Addis Ababa’s city dump (aka Koshe) as the main source of survival for many poor Ethiopians.  But, Why the Ethiopian government allow its people to live like this? Is it because they don’t know or because they don’t care?

By Caroline Knowles,

MY first sight of Koshe, Addis Ababa’s giant 50-year-old landfill site, is from the highway. It runs alongside it, and away from the road as far as the eye can see: a giant, murky, grey-brown raised area of partially decomposed rubbish, with occasional bright specks of colour. As my hopes rise from having found it, my heart sinks as I try to take it in.

The interpreter I have engaged for this mission through my contacts, a junior academic at Addis Ababa University, is not keen on going ahead. Leaving the taxi and crossing the highway by the bridge, I try to absorb the panoramic view afforded by this elevated viewpoint over the highway.  Continue reading Ethiopia: Home for Thousands of Garbage Scavengers