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Startling Statistics

In Ethiopia:

• One in six children die before their fifth birthday
• 44% of the population is under 15 years old
• 60% of children are stunted because of malnutrition
• The median age is 17.8 years
• 1.5 million people are infected with AIDS (6th highest in the world)
• 720,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS alone, and there are 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia.
• Per capita, Ethiopia receives less aid than any country in Africa
• In the 90s the population (3%) grew faster than food production (2.2%)• Drought struck the country from 2000-2002 (first year no crops, second year no seeds, third year no animals)
• Half the children will never attend school. 88% will never attend secondary school.
• Coffee prices (Ethiopia’s only major export) fell 40-60% from 1998-2002.
• The doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000.
• In 1993, after 30 long years of war, Eritrea broke from Ethiopia and became an independent nation leaving Ethiopia landlocked without any major seafaring ports


Rachel Jones said...

wow. that is very startling.

Rochelle said...

Whoa, that's unreal. Thanks for sharing... how heartbreaking!!!

Andy Culbertson said...

The child you adopt won't have to deal with any of that. That must be a good feeling. And it's kind of like God adopting us out of the world.