Ethiopian Life

Despite generations of hardships, there have been little improvements in Ethiopian living. Mothers are unable to generate any income for the survival of their children. HIV/AIDS continues to spreads as widows are forced into prostitution, because there are no jobs. In the past year the cost of basic food and necessary items has doubled. Jobs are lacking and wages rates are stagnant. The people cannot work or eat.  80% of the population resides in the countryside where there are no health services. Thousands are dying from curable diseases. They leave their homes in search of jobs or medical assistance and are forced onto the streets.

Statistics

  • 6% of births are attended by a skilled professional
  • 1 in 4 women die in pregnancy or childbirth
  • 4 million children are orphaned, 1 million by AIDS
  • 18% of children reach grade 5
  • 36% of children attend primary school
  • 50% of Ethiopia's 58 million population are living below the $1.00 a day poverty line
  • 40 years old is the life expectancy
  • 6 out of 10 children have AIDS

Facts about Ethiopia

Today, half of Ethiopia's 58 million people are living below the $1-a-day poverty line.

They lack access to such basic necessities as food, clean water, housing, health care, and education.

In cities like the capital, Addis Ababa, masses of people live on the streets, barely surviving. Children forage in fetid garbage heaps, competing with dogs, rats,and vultures for food.

Life expectancy is 40. Six of ten children have aids.