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October 27th, 2011
This past September I was invited to bring a very small crew to Ethiopia to create a documentary on the East African Drought Crisis happening in the Horn of Africa, specifically in Ethiopia.
For months prior I had been hearing about the UN’s Famine declaration in Somalia and it had been weighing heavy on my mind and in my heart. Nearby Ethiopia, while not at that state, had it’s own state of emergency to worry about with the drought and the refugees entering from the neighboring countries.
My own confusion and frustration of the situation however, was obviously nothing compared to the people who deal with those harsh realities everyday. We accepted our invitation to travel to Africa with Plan Canada’s CEO Rosemary McCarney and document our experience. I was both excited and nervous. My trips to Africa are always life changing. Experiences that seem to put my life carefully back into perspective.
I was most of all looking forward to visiting a country I had heard so much about. I’d been told Ethiopia was the home of some of the most beautiful countryside and people on the planet, and also the birthplace of coffee, oh and basically the cradle of civilization.
I anticipated an unforgettable trip filled with eye opening experiences, long days, and a new dose of reality. I was looking for a new sense of hope.
Don’t Miss The Broadcast Premiere Of Sarah In Ethiopia Saturday, November 5th @ 5:30PM ET On MuchMusic!
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