Ninety Minutes of Eternity on the Street

Every Saturday for the past few months I’ve bought 10 to 15 loaves of bread (100 to 150 birr) and 50 to 100 lollipops (50 to 100 birr), and sometimes other edible items, then the next morning walked the local streets for about 90

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“My friend’s cows were eaten by hyenas because he is so addicted to cigarettes”

  Recently I had the privilege of accompanying two of my Masters (MSc) students to different parts of rural Ethiopia to help supervise and assist them in their final-year MSc research projects. Both projects involved assessing smoking habits and passive smoking among people

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Precious Ethiopian Moment #12: The Aged Lady and Her Sweet Melody

I looked at my last “Precious Ethiopia Moment” post and realized that it was #11, so I’m calling this post “Precious Ethiopian Moment #12.” Nevertheless, I’ve experienced hundreds of precious moments since I came to Ethiopia from England almost two years ago,

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Precious Ethiopian Lollipop Moments!

Today I was travelling to work on my usual “line taxi,” a type of minibus that is widely used as public transport in Addis Ababa, and as I walked toward a row of line taxis, a young girl- she must

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How to get a street hole filled in

Several months ago I was walking leisurely down a main street in Addis Ababa with two friends. After a while, we noticed a large hole ahead of us. It was about a metre in diameter and perhaps more than that

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A VSO Biochemistry Professor’s Eventful and Amazing Year!

It has been 11 months since I arrived in Ethiopia as a VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) UK volunteer professor of biochemistry at Addis Ababa University Medical School. It has been a professionally and personally productive, often poignant experience. I can

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Update: Students to Visit US Laboratory

A quick update on a previous post, in which I wrote about two of our PhD students here at Addis Ababa University Medical School who were invited to visit a research laboratory in Pennsylvania, USA: I am very pleased

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