Category Archives: Rich’s Meskel Musings

Rich’s reflections on faith and life in Ethiopia

I’m the 47%

Our access to US news here in Ethiopia is limited to the internet (which works sporadically) but I was both intrigued and saddened by Mitt Romney’s recently widely quoted comments about the “47%” of Americans who pay no income taxes. Continue reading


Bethlehem’s Baby

Our household worker’s 19-year-old daughter, Bethlehem, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy in June. Unfortunately, Sophonia has a no-show father, leaving Bethlehem’s family struggling with significant caretaking and financial challenges. Fortunately, Sophonia is loved; we’ve heard gruesome stories of unwanted babies buried alive, thrown into rivers or flushed down toilets.

Could Sophonia become as famous as Adnan Nevic? Continue reading