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Ethiopia Rising: The extraordinary story of the People of Sodo
Source: Al Jazeera
Remember Band Aid, Live Aid and developed countries' determination to 'Feed the World'? Well, we failed. There are more Africans living in extreme poverty today than ever before.
Africa Rising goes right inside the extraordinary story of how a large rural area of Ethiopia is taking itself out of poverty. With a cast of thousands, the film reveals a new dawn of Africans solving Africa's needs themselves.
For the real scandal of Ethiopia is that, like much of the rest of Africa, it is a potentially rich country with enormous resources. But what has not been recognised, until now, is that the solution to its dilemma lies in the hands of its own people.
This controversial, colourful and frequently uplifting documentary highlights the failure of Western policies towards Africa, asking whether it is time to reconsider the role of Western aid workers on the continent.
Take a look around Ethiopia: in many regions schools lie abandoned; in others you find derelict hospitals; all around are vast areas of dry, barren land where the soil has been washed away.
Misguided Western governments and aid agencies thought they knew the answer - billions upon billions of dollars, euros and yen committed with virtually no long-lasting results and much of the money ending up in the wage packets of foreign aid workers, in bank accounts far from Africa.
But it did not need to be this way; with costs at just a fraction of the norm, the answer was astonishingly simple. Twenty men and women are taught new skills such as dam building, bricklaying, soil rotation, micro-banking or livestock rearing. The deal is that each of them has to pass their new-found knowledge on to 20 more people - their 'followers'. Those 'followers' then pass it on to 20 more and so on. Within a short period, tens of thousands are now growing cash crops for the first time, digging irrigation systems and even building their own hospitals and schools.
Shot on a grand scale across great swathes of land, this film records a success story in one of the most deprived regions of the world.
Another Woyane propaganda, right?
Speak up choma Diaspora, “Down with progress! Down with progress!”
Thanks for Aljeezera for exposing the truth patriotic Ethiopian want to know the truth just like what really happened every where I give you good credit and reliability than most media. I’m tired of old BBC propaganda.
its so shame for this country to go hungry with this kinds of fertl land.
its a shame
it has the capabilities to feed not only just it’s people but the whole african population.
but to talk hunger in this country its not just imbarasing but also
it is a crime.
its a crime to be poor in this country
everyone should been living a good life.
but its shame
I like the video its good
It shows a good start for the Ethiopian people to help themselves. That’s called Self Relines. At least it’s a good start. That’s how you build up little by little. Continue plus it’s not a bad thing to help yourself. It’s a good thing to work with dirt if you have too, you shouldn’t be ashamed of it because it will help you in the feature. That’s how these western countries started long time before now.
Yeah if one individual makes such a difference in thousands of lives, it doesn’t take to be a nuclear scientist to think what a responsible gov’t could to its ppl. Stop evicting indigenous ppl and selling their lands of at dirt’s price to feed rich Arabs & Indians!!!
watching this video I remeber how one Amiche ‘friend’ has once managed to keep me away from visiting home(Ethiopia) for a long time with his endless prapaganda about how Ethiopians back home are devided in ethinic lines and how it is dangerous to speak Amharic out-side Addis and Amhara region and so on…when i think about it now i can’t believe I was fooled for so long, specialy given the fact that the person who fooled me was a known Asakari with a deep rooted hatred for ethiopia..but what I saw on my recent visit home couldn’t be any farther from the truth. There are indeed challenges and a lot of room for improvment but Ethiopia today is certainly NOT as bad as we in the diaspora make it to be. if any thing I saw more intelgent Ethiopians including returnees in Ethiopia than I saw in diaspora, and it is worth giving them the credit for being part of the solution instead of complaining from a distance….well done to the Dr who intiated this project and well done to the people of Sodo..Ethiopiawinet has indeed it’s roots farther down in Sodo all the way to Moyalee.
I love this program I watched it live and almost feel happy and sad.
If every one of us did what we can to help our country there would be a lot of change.
I think Almariam will learn some thing from this instead of blaming Melas for every thing happen in that country.
This a time for all of us to ask our self what we have done to our country instead of talking to mach.
us to ask ourself what we have done to our cantry instead of talking to mach.
It is very good no question. However, this dimming of men as useless and women as the responsible ones thing is only going to create gender divide and “gender war” and also break families. Just give young girls equal opportunity and right for ownership. No need to demonize one gender in order to lift another.
It is crazy to see how the divorce rate is increasing since the women’s right thing started in Ethiopia. Families are breaking up kids are becoming homeless and being sold for whites.
Picture tells it all rather than mixing up the truth in the few diaspora Tultula. Observe and Learn. Pay attention to the Loan plan by Ethiopian banks, how it helped so many farmers. I hope no one have anything negative to say to that
this is good, but it seems laziness is ingrained in our genes maybe as a result of a culture that looks down on those who work hard. think about it, why does a man need to be pressured to help himself, his family and his community to the level these men are being pressured. this is some thing hard to understand.
This story should not have come out. You will see within 5 months time, TPLF and EPRDF are going to go in and dismantle this self help because they will consider it to be threat to TPLF that any Ethiopia trying to rise up by itself or with the support of others they will knock it down because the TPLF doesn not want progress at all. God keep your hard work, Sodo people. My prayers are with you to succeed by blinding from the evil intention of TPLF what it can do to you.
Self reliance is key to eradicate poverty/hunger. We know Aid is a BUSINESS MODEL designed to generate & pump money back into the western economy. Aid sustains their lavish offices, generates tax revenue and provides high level of employment for western countries not to mention impose their ways of thinking, ideology and religions on recipient nations.
Aid dollar is life line for corrupt & 99% unelected, illegitimate dictators of Africa. It is used to purchase weapons, oppress citizens, open to mismanagement and eventually ends back in offshore accounts as personal wealth. Therefore the donor countries benefit all around. They groom puppet dictators and make sure Africa is kept in the dark so that their business model is well intact & diversified with countless NGO organisation spring up every year. That is why they will never implement/allow long term solutions.
Excellent job by the hard working, wise & articulate people of Sodo, especially the honourable Doctor for successfully implementing such projects. Very simple yet successful idea.
Now the government needs to step in and inject some cash. They need funding so that they could buy tractors and build University and take their trade to the next level. Also the A*ame tax man collecting money from market traders ought to give them some time to be well established. Greedy leeches.
Great! Ethiopian Farmers in the Rural Land, they never been selfish, but FEED THE CITIES.
The Ethiopian Farmers, they never stop doing work. Except, they are being forced by nature/not Rainy Season. What must the City(evil) people supposed to do during non-Rainy Seasons???
Well, first, the City people should create Union and INSURANCE for Farmers to back them up during the dry Seasons.
Second, since the City people are considering themselves as educators, Scientists and Inventors, they have responsibilities to provide for Farmers Modern Farming Equipments, Water Dams and Irrigation, Installing Factories near by that could produced Fertilization, Bio-technologies for indoor cultivation and quick products and other Machinery.
Third, when Farmers enter/came to the City once per Week to sell/provide their food products, the City people must wellcoming them with good RESPECT!!! But, what we know before and now is the City seen Farmers as backwards, creating STEREOTYPES, looting their products and Money, making them fun when they enter to Restaurants and Bars and in general, making the farmers uncomfortable when they appear in the Cities.
Remember, 85% of our populations are living in Rural areas.
However, if someone asked me why Ethiopia can not grow and why there are more problems???
My answer is simple and clear; all the problems that all Ethiopians were facing and still facing is because of the Cities people(evils). They bring problems with them from abroad by the name of DIPLOMACY.
The Cities causes WAR, RECESSION, STARVATION, they import DISEASES like HIV/AIDS, they don’t have Scientifically invented Farming Technology to share with Farmers, but amazingly, they have evil techniques, like WAR, DISEASE and STARVATION to share with the hard working and peace living Ethiopian Farmers.
FARMERS FEED CITIES!! RESPECT!!!
God has blessed Ethiopia with fertile land and hard working people.
The problem is not with the country or its people. The big obstacle is the inept and Rob and Run mentality of Meles regime.
The land is there but government claims to own it 100%.
If the government returns land back to land owners and people all the excuses of food shortage, Famine and blaming rain or shine will vanish.
Please show this to Dr. Almariam
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