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A Kelly in Ethiopia. Ethiopian bureaucracy and a reunion old friends.

(FM), A Kelly in Ethiopia? Most of you, the musician Paddy Kelly is still a member of the Kelly Family a household name. After a six year hiatus, he answers back with a tour of Germany. Why the former teen heartthrob was traveling with a team of Caritas and Star TV in Ethiopia and what he experienced there, reporting from our staff Michael Brucker of Ethiopia.

(Mb) meeting with important people, interview, shooting schedule: the first working day of Paddy Kelly is different at first glance, many of the PR-marathon, which he had to attend to his time as a teen idol of the Kelly Family. Except that the scene is not Berlin, Cologne and Paris, but Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The musician, who spent the meantime six years as a monk in France, in particular order on the way: international Accompanied by a team of Star TV and Caritas Paddy traveled for a week by Ethiopia to see the projects of Caritas at close range and with beneficiaries and stakeholders to discuss the great drought of last year.

Background: International cooperation in the work of Boniface and Caritas, the artist will start in June 2012, a concert tour in German churches. Ten € net proceeds flow directly to charity projects for long-term food security and famine prevention against new East Africa.

But before it for Paddy goes into the field, first dates are available today in the capital. While the film crew in an attempt to collect the long sought permission to film, first acquaintance with the rigors of the Ethiopian bureaucracy does, meets with the Paddy Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Berhaneyesus Souraphiel, an old acquaintance. The bishop was at that time traveled to Paddy and his brothers to the south of France, in order to convince them to come to Ethiopia and to open a branch there. This invitation was followed by some of the brethren, and built in the last three years in a lively and very active congregation. This Paddy's arrival in Ethiopia is among friends to a big reunion. The musician himself now lives again outside the monastery walls, the community and their spirituality, but still linked.

After Paddy has been the largest Christian newspaper in the country have a quick interview, after nearly a half-day odyssey and the film crew comes back to slightly unnerved, but with the all-important approval in the bag. After a brief stop in the city center, where the author had been robbed by a hair of the travel budget, followed by the first rotation. Franciscan Sisters, with initial funding of Charity a few years ago, an orphanage, open their doors to us and give insight into the impressive work for and with the weakest members of society.

Then we follow the invitation of Paddy earlier brethren. A quick turn in the monastery, evening prayer, and then beer and pizza service for all: our precious energy for tomorrow's trip to Dire Dawa in eastern Ethiopia, with which our journey begins in the project area in earnest.

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Elixir of life.

The dependence of man on the water I was never so much as after today. We take the early flight to Dire Dawa, the second largest city in eastern Ethiopia near the border with Djibouti and Somalia. The drought last year had made ​​this area particularly hard, and still have not overcome the consequences.

After we left the city, it goes for hours over dusty gravel roads within the project area that we visit today. Of the few remaining water holes just trickles. From far away people come around to feed their families and their animals with the minimum of the vital waters.

It is mid-March, and the public eagerly awaits the start of the rainy season. This is not unusual for this time of year. Actually, no need to panic, but the nervousness in the population to literally feel. There is fear that the rains are delayed or even completely absent. In the last drought in 2008 and 2011 was done exactly that - with devastating consequences for farmers, livestock herders and their families.

"The individuals are accustomed to it at intervals to droughts come and have developed survival strategies developed," we are told Bekele, head of Caritas Hararghe. "The problem lies in the fact that the distances between the droughts are getting shorter, so that people can no longer build up enough reserves to survive the next drought."

This is where the more than 400-strong team of Caritas Hararghe: In addition to the acute supply of water, food and medicine, the main focus is to fortify the vulnerable populations for future extreme weather events. Together with the communities and clans to build the plant helper wells, dams and water reservoirs and drought-resistant seeds to the farmers back on their feet and help them to make independent of the livestock industry. In addition, the charity has developed an early warning system to prevent by timely action for the worst.

Whether it was the worst yet to come or already passed, Moyimuna white silk still not as accurate. The mother of seven Paddy Kelly tells in detail of her life of hardship and setbacks. She came to the man-made water body in order to provide themselves and their families with water. Six months had built by Caritas retention ponds, rainwater, which was washed away within a few days earlier, stowed in a consistent water source. But now it is just a small puddle left. It is fascinating to see what can wrest the petite woman, visibly emaciated that trickle. She manages to wash their children and their clothes, take a little water and soak the cattle too hastily.

Then Paddy accompanied them in their hut. Moyimuna belongs to a nomadic family of silk, which travels hundreds of miles with their pets. They are guided by a steady rhythm of dry and rainy periods. But in recent years, this rhythm out of joint, tell the village elders. More often remains out of the rain that comes irregularly, or in such quantities that it is unusable. Increasingly, therefore they must flee into the densely populated highlands, where there are often bloody conflicts with the farmers and shepherds who settled there. Even now the families are waiting for rain, because the resources are depleted: many of the children are sick, the goats are suffering from parasites, which can become a danger to the survival of the entire clan.

To remedy this, the charity has trained with the support of Caritas Hararghe Netwerk a mobile veterinarians. These so-called barefoot doctors are not waiting for their patients and their owners, but follow the shepherds to their pastures in order to vaccinate the animals and treat them. At the mobile vaccination, we visit, be alone this morning vaccinated more than 1,100 animals. With the most important basis on which the nomads survive the next few months healthy.

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The five-hour tour of gravel roads yesterday in the bone, I look forward to the recent cross-country rally with anticipation, but with mixed feelings.

But first breakfast will be served in a tropical garden restaurant. Remarkably for the time are not only the numerous guests and the volume of the many flying birds, but also the impressive early form of paddy. As a self-confessed late starter I can remember at least not to have ranted at seven in the morning clock laughed so long and lively. In anticipation of the approaching St. Patrick's Day gives us Paddy, full name Michael Patrick Kelly, Irish and U.S. citizen, a very humorous and ironic short introduction to the last 1500 years human and cultural history. Based on numerous dates, saints and other well-known Irish personalities he can consistently demonstrate that in principle all the achievements of modernity can be traced back to the Irishmen, including the discovery of America. In any conflict, he learns of the German-Cuban-Ethiopian escort, he countered with references to more confidently and, unfortunately, not exactly verifiable historical facts.

Full of energy, we start our journey back through a parched, rocky dirt road. From one meter to the other changes the landscape. Suddenly we find ourselves in an evergreen area with palm trees and mango plantations. But before the eye can adapt to most surreal sight, the landscape changes again in resistant brown.

Similarly, we are surprised when we discover the middle of nowhere a fenced land with a group of American soldiers. In short they want to create a school. Ethiopia's authoritarian regime is one of the strategically important U.S. ally in the fight against international terrorism, human rights abuses and election results beyond the 90 percent of defiance. In addition to training the Ethiopian military, U.S. soldiers increasingly clearly play the humanitarian card flank and political interests with a social commitment: a very common strategy worldwide.

On our way we visit a number of projects on food security and drought prevention. A €, which is inserted into the care of emergencies and disasters can cause statistics show that six times more like a Euro, which flows into the acute onset of relief after disasters. Now it is a commandment of charity and one of the most important tasks of Caritas to help people in acute distress. At the same time, the focus must always be on sustainable disaster prevention.

An example can be used to supply the surrounding population in times of drought for up to six months with water with the construction of around 8,000 € comparatively inexpensive water retention facility, Wolfgang Fritz, Ethiopia expert of Caritas reported internationally and much sought-after interview partner for our small tour group. The one-time supply of drinking water in an acute emergency, however costs many times over. In some cases, like 2011, this complex operations are absolutely necessary to avoid but also in many other easily.

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(03-18-2012 10:41 AM)Ciel Wrote: [ -> ]wow this is impressive

I've thought the same, that's why I've opened a special topic for it.
Translation with Google is always bad, but I'm sure, after reading, you all will understand what it is about.

Can't wait to read more about his journey Ylinlove
(03-18-2012 10:41 AM)Ciel Wrote: [ -> ]wow this is impressive I hope he will share a bit about this experience on his homepage I would be very interested in reading more about this and what he does there and how he got involved. Thanks a lot for sharing Corry.

Yes it really is !
thinker On the picture we see camera guy filming, maybe he share it with us some kind of little documentary or something ..
Would be great if he did Pray
bravo, paddy, BRAVO!!! LuxhelloLuxhelloLuxhello
I think it is great that Paddy involves himself in projects like this!
All my respect for Paddy! He ia a great example for everyone! Headbanger

Not words, actions. Luxhello
I'm not surprised, that now he's involved in something like that! He's such a great person!
(03-18-2012 10:46 AM)Straube Wrote: [ -> ]On the picture we see camera guy filming, maybe he share it with us some kind of little documentary or something ..

In the article it´s written that a team of the German TV-show "Stern TV" is travelling with him, so I´m 99,9 % sure that there will be something about this trip at TV soon... Wink
(03-18-2012 08:57 PM)Ana Wrote: [ -> ]I´m 99,9 % sure that there will be something about this trip at TV soon... Wink

Oh I would love to see that Ylinlove Hopefully later on we can see a video from his Ethiopean journey Hail
he has a heart of goldYlinlove
I really adore him for this! Babydust

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Last stop for today is Errer, a sleepy, with plenty of patina-prone city that was founded around the turn of the century in the wake of the railroad between Djibouti and Addis Ababa.

The city is an open-air museum with many winding streets and small squares around the railroad tracks. Even the water tank for the old steam locomotives is there when tomorrow could start the next Lok. Actually, wrong on the once important thoroughfare between Djibouti and Addis for years no train. The repair of the route is planned, but no end in sight. For an indefinite period, the city will probably continue to stay in a deep sleep.

Accordingly, there is attention, as the film crew arrives in Errer. It seems as arrived within minutes to all children and young people of the city to greet us and admire our camera equipment. Paddy is - as always on our trip - the fast line to the population in a few seconds and is surrounded by a crowd of people. Have felt something like that to be his childhood idol alsTeeny the Kelly Family. Although he realizes the time as a pop star has left behind, it prepares Paddy obvious pleasure, rub shoulders with the locals go. Open, very respectful and inquisitive, he takes dozens of calls a day, translated by the staff of the local charity. He asks more questions than he talks about himself. Paddy does not explore the fleeting small talk, but shows deep and serious concern for the people with whom he exchanged experiences. From the encounters he draws important insights, ideas and information about life in Ethiopia.

One thing is certain: when Paddy advertises in June at his concerts for the work of Caritas in Ethiopia, he will know exactly what he is talking about.

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So, according to Paddy´s homepage there will be a report about his travel to Ethiopia in May at German TV show "Stern TV" (Channel: RTL)

Look here:

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Children of the Street

(Mb) None of us are unhappy about the fact that today no longer pending Ruckelpisten hour tour. Instead, it's only a few blocks away from the center of Dire Dawa. The houses, almost all from the first half of last century, bear witness to better days. The plaster is off, but still exude the old buildings and streets charm.

Amid this scene of the past exudes a place of life, awakening and the future. We are in a simple but spacious complex with school sports field, dining hall and library. The children who play in the break so boisterous romp and had previously never have the chance to child. Most of them live on the streets, some are orphans.

The charity had called the street children project a few years together with a Nachbarschaftskommittee to life. They took care of the necessary financial resources and technical know-how in implementing and carrying responsibility for ensuring that the school received official government approval. After the project had a number of years successfully learned to walk, she handed it to the Nachbarschaftskommittee, since it manages on their own. Since then the charity is there only an advisory role. "So we present our projects and, ideally," says our Ethiopian Speaker Wolfgang Fritz. "We want to set before the people no lofty plans and programs, but help them realize their dreams and ideas themselves. This is succeeded wonderfully. "

Paddy, meanwhile, is already deep in conversation with the students. In all honesty, the children tell him their story, tell of their fate, their wishes and their aspirations. Your dreams are not significantly different from the needs of children in Germany. Most want to be a pilot, a professional footballer or a policeman.

Paddy is visibly moved, but it can not take to challenge the boys to a game of football. In his four against four juniors from all the demand. The final outcome at this point we wrap the cloak of silence.

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bravo PaddyTongueLuxhello
I think, to make this topic more complete, this beautiful pic also belongs in this amazing topic:

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Yes it does........ Aniheart

What a man...... sigh......

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Mercy needs quality or "good intentions is not always made good"

7.5 million of nearly 90 million people in Ethiopia are permanently dependent on government food aid. On the one hand, it is scandalous that the state of malnutrition is obviously viewed as normal, similar to social assistance in Germany. On the other hand, it is certainly a step forward to assess that these 7.5 million people in normal times, in contrast to the past are no longer hungry, but fall under a state welfare umbrella. "Food Security Program" is the name of this program, with the basic needs of the poor should be ensured. The money and the food comes mainly from international donors like the U.S. and Germany. The Ethiopian government at the same time some of the best arable land leased to the highest bidder to foreign investors is a difficult paradox to-follow modern globalization.

The situation is critical, when droughts and other extreme weather crops also scarce, as in the past year. Suddenly, it was also instructed another 4.5 million people on food supplies. Paddy wants to know how interested people deal with this tragic situation. "They are trying everything possible to prevent the worst," said Wolfgang Ethiopia expert. "First, they differ from the highlands, where it quickly comes to conflicts with local farmers and herdsmen. Are there grazing sell up, or they kill their livestock. In the end, they feed on grasses and seeds, and fight for survival. The first to lose the children, the sick and elderly this fight. "

To break this deadly spiral that charities do in such emergency situations, logistical heavy lifting. In no time they need to provide people with the necessities of life. For this purpose, they need not just money and good will, especially a lot of know how and good contacts with local communities. "If all people suffering hardship, the selection of beneficiaries is extremely difficult," said Wolfgang. "We must ensure that the Allerbedüftigsten come into play and not with the longest arms and the widest shoulders." Especially in these situations, it pays off, that local partners such as Caritas has Hararghe, which has long been with the village communities and nomadic tribes to work together. Using fixed criteria will be decided together with the elders who need help most urgently. Those who do not carefully and professionally operates fueling conflicts and causes light at the end of the opposite.

The distribution itself follows strict quality guidelines. We visit one of the many warehouses in the region, the charity operates. The supply chain is documented precisely with the arrival at the port of Djibouti and can always be traced exactly. "In the end I get a list in Germany, where exactly is included, to whom, when and how much was spent on what food items," says Wolfgang.

Paddy is impressed by the competence and complexity that lie behind the supply of the needy population. Here it becomes clear that to help not only a great heart, but also quality and professionalism are required. It is important not only to help, it helped to be smart. Because all too often well meaning the opposite of good is done.

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Our last day in Ethiopia: 10 Hours drive from Dire Dawa to the capital Addis Ababa on the program, over a mountain ridge of the Ethiopian highlands with spectacular views over the surrounding valleys. Truck on its side along the way testify to the dangers of this route each year to hundreds of fatalities. Occasionally, we encounter serious-looking Somali nomads, with the obligatory Kalashnikov over his shoulder, grazing their cattle on the roadside.

In the villages that are built around the thoroughfare around, there is an early morning hustle and bustle. On every corner small trucks are loaded. She quickly transport perishable - the khat in Ethiopia and surrounding countries such as Saudi Arabia and Yemen widespread Kaudroge. We are in the main growing area of ​​green leaves that every day tons of Addis Ababa and Djibouti are brought.

Khat is today's most important export product after coffee of Ethiopia, bringing the state high tax revenues and a steady income for many farmers. However, the boom of traditional plant that was already in ancient times in many ceremonies and everyday life are widely used, not without controversy. Excessive khat consumption leads to dependence. In many places have seen that afternoon in public life almost completely comes to a halt because a majority of the young male population of khat chewing is sitting on the roadside. According to experts, the negative effects of excessive consumption on the productivity of the country are already clearly felt.

The closer we come to the capital, Addis Ababa, the denser the traffic. The last 70 kilometers and a nerve-wracking ordeal breathtaking in both senses. In the dense gas cloud is being fought for every inch of asphalt. Breakneck vehicle at full oncoming traffic are the norm, not the exception. Our driver quickly adapts to the way in which the capital city. An overtaking maneuver is so limited that he then quietly crosses himself and probably can not believe that it went well again.

At last we reached Addis. We indulge a little dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant. Tomorrow it goes back again, according to the first machine of Ethiopian Air Frankfurt. An impressive, highly exciting and educational journey is behind us. Many things are made ​​thoughtfully, some speechless, too. However, the positive experiences that glimmer of hope and the visible results of our work is clearly outweighed. The motivation to commit ourselves to continue for these wonderful people is greater than ever. And despite all we had a lot of fun and thoughtfulness.

If you want to help Paddy with his great involvement in Ethiopia, in June, comes easily to his concerts tour of Agape. More information can be found at

Bye bye, Michael

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Of course we like it! Smile

Thanks for sharing @Ciel!
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