Team Thursday – Elena

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What is your background? I grew up in the Ruhr Area in Germany, but I have relocated many times around Europe over the past few years. I am currently living in The Hague, where I work as a Project Officer for a European network of organisations that support social entrepreneurs and impact-driven leaders. I have […]

Timkat in Addis Ababa – Christian Orthodox believers celebrate the baptism of Jesus

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For the past three days, Ethiopian Christians have been celebrating Timkat, the most celebrated religious festival in the country. This Christian Orthodox holiday commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, providing the occasion for thousands of exuberant celebrations with processions, dances and singing. The streets of Addis Ababa are festively decorated in green, […]

Team Thursday – Meike

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What is your background? My name is Meike. As the German saying goes, I grew up “where the fox and hare say goodnight to each other”. I am currently living in Berlin, where I am finishing my master’s degree in Political Science. I study issues relating to political economy and social policy, such as the […]

Genna – the traditional game of the Ethiopian Christmas season

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It’s Christmas in Ethiopia! Orthodox Christians, who make up more than half of the Ethiopian population, celebrate Christmas, which they call “Genna”. Because Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar, Genna falls on 7 January. You will not find many Christmas trees, countless presents and twinkling lights during the Ethiopian Christmas season, but this does not detract […]

Team Thursday – Chale

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What is your background? I was born in Ethiopia and raised in Australia. I am a recent graduate of the University of Freiburg, where I completed a MA in Global Studies. I am currently based in Berlin, where I am doing an internship. My field of studies encompasses Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, Dynamics of […]