Aster Arba, aged nine, lives in the remote and rural village of Duguna Fango, about 450 kilometers south west of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Up to when Concern intervened, Aster and her friends would walk eight kilometers every day to go to school.
In fact, they walked barefoot in extreme heat, and risked being raped and abducted, or attacked by wild animals. When I first saw the area, I was humbled by how difficult it was for a young child to travel to school in this extremely hot climate over such distances. Read the rest of this entry »