A break from tradition

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

Since 1991, my family and I have lived in different African countries because of my husband's involvement with a relief and development organization. In the mid-'90s we lived in Ethiopia for three years; in 2006 we returned once again to this fascinating country on the Horn of Africa. During the almost 10-year interim, many changes had taken place within the country.

When my husband first told me we were being requested to move back to Ethiopia, I wondered why it had to be there. Of the four countries in which we've lived, this is the toughest one by far. What makes it so tough is the sheer extent of poverty, from the estimated 35,000 street children to the millions affected by cyclical drought and famine.

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