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Days like this September 30, 2009

Posted by habeshaviews in Ethiopia, My Days.
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When I can actually get something done at work

When I strike a smooth funny conversation with a stranger in the taxi

When I can have discussions with friends who do read

When I can just call up and tell a friend we should go have the best cheese in town.

Days like this

Make me wanna stay in addis for ever.

        

The gods must be crazy September 25, 2009

Posted by habeshaviews in Culture, Ethiopia, My Days, Travel.
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I am travelling once again. This time to eastern Ethiopia .In fact, very close to the Ethio- Somali border. I found kryptonite i.e can access internet here:)

I learned something shocking about female genital mutilation. May be ,am just being ignorant me as usual. Before laying on you what’s so shocking some basics on FGM : Genital cutting is seriously rampant this side.  From what I have seen I would guess 90 sth percent. The kind of cutting/ mutilation might differ from region to region. The worst of it is known as infibulation where a woman’s genital is sawn after being cut. 

I can not give you the details of infibulation in simple terms since I’ve never seen one and still do not have the guts to watch FGM documentaries describing the procedure. Whenever I think about watching one I get scared that I might get sick afterwards. Anyhow, here is what I copy pasted from www.religoustolerance.com.

“Infibulation (a.k.a. Pharaonic circumcision. This involves removal of the clitoris and prepuce, followed by sewing up of the vulva. A small opening is left to allow urine and menstrual blood to pass. 7 A second operation is done later in life to reverse some of the damage. In some cultures, the woman is cut open by her husband on their wedding night with a double edged dagger. She may be sewn up again if her husband leaves on a long trip.”

           

So ,yesterday I was having a discussion with some Somali women here and they were explaining how the cutting and sewing is done. One woman said she was sawn when she was six and got cut when she got married and was about to have the first sexual experience with the husband. Now she has been divorced and wants to get married again. She wants her second husband to think/feel like she is a virgin, She saw her own genitals again.

What’s worse , naive me always tought sewing is done with needles. But , came to find out that people actually use acacia thorns to do that. I have been literally shaking every time I imagined the lady sewing her own genitals with thorns.

Un habesha on Big Brother September 15, 2009

Posted by habeshaviews in Ethiopia, What's on the News?.
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I am not a fan of reality shows. Partly, cause I feel they are not really real. There are some I used to follow ,though. Like …” the Amazing race”, some episodes of “the bachleor” , “the biggest loser”, ” the survivor” and two or three of the Cheif shows.

I read a comment on a blog once stating the only reality show an habesha can perform best is  “The survivor”. I share the comment in that I feel Habeshas are too stuck up to be on a reality show.

Jokes aside , there is an habesha guy on a popular reality show currently on air , “Big Brother”. 28 year old Yacob Yehdego from addis is one of the 14 housemates in the reality series being broadcasted from Nigeria.

                   

More about the series from wikipedia

As with all Big Brother series, Big Brother Africa: The Revolution will include surprises and unexpected innovations.  The prize money on offer has now doubled and is USD 200 000.  Even the voting in the new season is set to undergo a complete transformation. This year, audiences will be asked to vote for the housemates they want to see remain in the series rather than the housemates they want to see leave the series. So it’s all about being positive and keeping the great players in the game