Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Korah...A Village in Ethiopia

This is a tough one. My sister blogged about this one the other day and the video is a very hard one to watch. It is the story about a village called Korah. It is just outside the city of Addis Ababa (where we are adopting our two babies from) and is a town that, until recently, has been forgotten.

You can read more about it here.


The Village of Korah - A short documentary from Session 7 Media on Vimeo.

A few facts about Korah:

  • Korah in Amharic means "cursed".
  • 75 years ago the Ethiopian government moved everyone with leprosy to this area of Addis Ababa.
  • Approximately 100,000 people live in the slums of Korah - the "outcasts" of society.
  • The city dump is located in Korah.
  • The people, both adults and children, spend their days digging through the dump searching for anything to eat or sell.
  • God is alive and well in Korah thanks to Pastor Sammy Liben and Project 61 Ministries. They have started an education sponsorship program for the children of Korah.
(To learn more about the history of Korah, you can go here.)
 I have been to places like this and it is a hard reality to see and experience. I am drawn back to my last trip to Africa a few years ago. I was at a dump in Burkina Faso and saw kids scrounging through to find scraps to eat and any metal they could use for their home. I don't know what to do with it. I want to go and pull ll those people out of there; I want to send them all my money; I want to adopt all the kids; I am overwhelmed.

Tonight...I pray. I pray for the people I see in this video. I pray for the people I met at the dump in Burkina. I pray for my kids who I will hopefully meet in the next half a year or so. I pray for their birth parents. I pray.

3 comments:

Tara said...

powerful!

Leigh said...

I just found your blog from last year. What did you end up doing? I found out about project 61 a few weeks ago and we are planning to attend one of thir mission trips- but all of it seems so all consuming- I cannot help but think what can i do now. So, I wondered if anyone else figures something out.

erik w/a "k" said...

Leigh,

we did not end up going. Although we were there for a long time, it just never worked out. You can comment on my sisters blog (link is in the blog post) she can tell you all about it.

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