ISBN 9781904855705
Pages 72
Dimensions 297 x 210 mm
Illustrations Maps
Published 2003
Publisher Forum for Social Studies, Ethiopia
Format Paperback

Faces of Poverty

by Harold Aspen

This paper tells the story of four families in Gäta in South Wälo, a Muslim community in rural Ethiopia with a long history. It depicts their lives during a recent period of drought and famine, where the effects of the killer famine of 1984 are still felt. The story provides a rare glimpse of the human suffering behind the grim statistics of poverty and famine in the country. The stories tell of their trading activities and links with the district town, providing insights into the relationships, tensions, and bonds of reciprocity between urban and rural communities.

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About the Author

Harold Aspen

Harald Aspen is Associate Professor of social anthropology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

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