Ethiopia, Lasta, highland
This is a typical village in the Christian highland, where it is very
dry for most of the year, but becomes very green in the raining season.
People here are growing a special tiny crop called teff, which is hardly
giving any nutrition, and they are ruled by the church culture which
has many holidays, so many that they have not many days left to work
on the field. Development is very difficult and slow because of the
old church culture which was created by a king 500 years ago (Christianity
since about 1800 years). Even though it's a Christian culture, they
have many magicians who can make people suffer or die.
Ethiopia, Lalibela, 2006
Lalibela is a small town, beside a complex church and monastery mysterium
which is underground inside the rock. It was created by a king
that lived here about 800 years ago. The town itself was created
very recently, before that, this area was deserted, because it
became too dry. The market of the town is once a week, and people
from as far as one can walk in one day are coming to sell their
animals, or buy things. There is an area for every different product,
and when it is busy, the customers will not find any place to put
their foot between the goods on the floor and the sitting sellers.
There are still quite a few old people in this area who don't know
how to tell the value of money.