An energy plant is being built, which will be fuelled naturally by the decomposing trash. Once completed the plant is estimated to provide at least 30 percent of Addis Ababa’s electricity consumption and it is understood that the plant will be able to employ people from the community to work on this site.
“Koshe” is the name of the Rubbish Dump in the Kore/Korah area of Addis Ababa; hundreds of people (according to different unconfirmed estimates) may have been buried by the mud and the local authorities, fire fighters, the military and others are doing their best to rescue the trapped people…..
UNICEF tents have been erected to house destitute people. Many people will have lost everything they owned – they will be homeless and have lost all their possessions.
Death toll has risen to over 100.
Project Pencil Case will research the best way that funds raised can be implemented. This area is a neighbourhood close to my heart as I went to a school in this area as a child (when the rubbish tip was but a small dot on the gorgeous rural landscape) and I lived not far away.
An estimated 8 million people live in the capital city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since the early 1960ies, garbage from the city has been dumped in a pit in the village of Korah on the outskirts of Addis where the Good Shepherd School and ALERT hospital compounds were/are located.
The village of Korah evolved 80+ years ago with the opening of the first leprosy hospital, ALERT. Emperor Haile Sellassie provided land for this purpose, which at that time was located in a wooded and rural area just outside the city – where communities of primarily leprosy afflicted families congregated. Leprosy has now almost been eradicated and ALERT primarily treats patients with TB, HIV and other diseases but the village has evolved into a vast community of very poor people from the countryside constantly arriving and seeking treatment. Because of their extreme poverty, people often settle and live off and around the trash site which is now surrounded by the ever expanding city.
Generation after generation of children have been born here; Korah is now home to around 200,000+ men, women and children; people who carry the scars of leprosy, battle HIV, wear the stigma of being born in Korah or are simply struggling to survive due to rampant sickness and disease. These people directly or indirectly “benefit” from the rubbish dump – depending on scavenging for food or collecting recyclable items to sell for a living. The dump dangerous; children have been run over by garbage trucks or they are kept out of school so they can help scavenge….
In a city experiencing a current economic boom for many, this is a tragic and dreadful way for Ethiopians to survive…
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