Essay on Brief History of Ethiopia

2018 Words Dec 19th, 2013 9 Pages
“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” -Haile Selassie The name "Ethiopia" derives from the Greek word ethio, meaning "burned" and pia, meaning "face": the land of burned-faced peoples or in some points also means “something divided”. Ethiopia also known as (Abyssinia) is the tenth largest country in Africa, covering 439,580 square miles almost twice the size of Texas. Addis Ababa is the third-highest capital city in the world. The country boasts a massive population as one of the densest landlocked countries in the world with roughly …show more content…
It’s also worth to mention the Christian missionary saint by the name of Frumentius. Saint Frumentius is credited by the Ethiopians for the first translation of the New Testament in Ge’ez, their ancient native language. Even with the cornucopia of cultures and beliefs all embedded in to Ethiopia it does have many quarrels with religious differences. Not to say there isn’t any at all but there are the occasional terror alerts from radical minorities.
The economy in Ethiopia is mainly based on agriculture, in which 85 percent of the population participates. Ecological problems such as periodic drought, soil degradation, deforestation, and a high population density negatively affect the agricultural industry. Most agricultural producers are subsistence farmers living in the highlands, while the population in the lowland peripheries is nomadic and engages in livestock raising. Gold, marble, limestone, and small amounts of tantalum are mined throughout the region.
In Ethiopia, men and women have clearly defined roles. Traditionally men are responsible for providing for the family and for dealing with family contact outside the home whereas women are responsible for domestic work and looking after the children. Parents are stricter with their daughters than their sons; often parents give more freedom to males than females. The traditional view was men neither cook nor do shopping because housework tends to be women's job. This view continues to be

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