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Ethiopia: Circus Debre Berhan's 'Theatre for Social Development'



  09:25:19 pm, by admin   , 197 words  
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Ethiopia: Circus Debre Berhan's 'Theatre for Social Development'

Ethiopia: Circus Debre Berhan's 'Theatre for Social Development'

A circus from the town of Debre Berhan is trying to communicate important social messages to Ethiopians through the medium of acrobatic entertainment.

Debre Berhan, Ethiopia: Tameru Zegaye sits at a local restaurant with his fellow circus troupe members on a windy February day in Debre Berhan, a small Ethiopian town 120 kilometres northeast of Addis Ababa. His story is symbolic and inspirational.

He was born in a small village in the north in the 1970s to an unmarried mother. His legs were turned inwards and people claimed he was a curse from the devil. Zegaye’s mother left him before his father abandoned him too, leaving him to be raised by one of his grandfathers.

Stigmatised and alone, Zegaye, at the age of nine, escaped his village to the town of Lalibela by walking on his hands. The journey took him four days. After reaching Lalibela, he started earning money as a beggar. He begged his way into earning enough money to try to escape to Europe through Libya three times, but never succeeded in making the sea crossing. Now it seems this was probably for the best.

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Comment from: Yirgacheffee [Visitor]

I commend Circus Debre Birhan for its positive contribution to society.
Here on, we have a circus group that contributes only negatively. This circus show is headed by the educated dedeb: Alemayehu Gebremariam and the uneducated parking-lot dedeb TEDDY.

03/14/13 @ 06:11
Comment from: [Member]

A wounded person can take a few sip of alcoholic beverage to numb his/her pain.
This is the same analogy with what the kids from Debre berhan are doing.
The Tyrant looting Shifta regime is wounding our nation. The temporary remedy for such evil leadership is to engage the youth with Circus activities.
We shall soon eradicate the Evil Thugtators from Arat Kilo and eventually the cyber cadres will be
anihilated as well.
Then our nation shall be free of all its aches & pains.

03/14/13 @ 10:44
Comment from: Yirgacheee [Visitor]

Mesfin B [Visitor],

your post was ok until you said something about ‘Cyber Cardes’….LOL

03/14/13 @ 13:40
Comment from: My2cents [Visitor]

Did not open the link to read the story, but from Mesfin’s observation its yet another depressing development about our failed country. There is no doubt in our minds that time will change. Gize Yilewetal!!!

03/15/13 @ 03:08
Comment from: Yirgachefee [Visitor]


You are an idiot!

Had you read the whole story, you would have found out that Zegaye’s disability was corrected through intensive surgery. Zegaye then went on to finish school including a university degree from AAU in his late 20s! Zegaye is now well recognized through Ethiopia for his talents and is earning a decent living.

If you are just going by ‘Mesfin’s’ observation’ which is nothing more that gossip, then that makes the two of you Dump and Dumper!

03/15/13 @ 05:58
Comment from: Bee [Visitor]

I didn’t get the message, i was tried ten times,to skip woyanes regime, and at the end i am here where the country breathing fresh air.

03/15/13 @ 12:04
Comment from: Yirgacheffee [Visitor]


With your broken English, it seems like you’re were skipping school not the ‘woyanes’ regime.

So Mr. or Ms. Bee, its time for you to buzz off

03/15/13 @ 23:14
Comment from: aleltu [Visitor]

most of you doesn’t have no sense can’t you see this guy was walked with hand from his grandmother house to the african holly land Lalibela? . you all are a bunch of hardheaded people who saying this trush. please learn educate yourself before writing the nonsense articles. those of you who saying something bad about Zegeye must read 1st and understand, don’t just say something which you actually don’t know what you talking about. go back to school learn don’t be like a bunch of wild animals which keep grazing on the farm.

03/18/13 @ 11:42


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