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Ethiopia is located in eastern Africa. The official language is Amharic (although many other languages are spoken). Amharic is a Semitic language, along with Arabic, Hebrew, and Aramaic (second only to Arabic). Their population is near 94 million people, with an estimated 5-7 million of those being orphans. About 50,000 of those orphans are on the streets of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia's capital). Ethiopia is about twice the size of Texas, and surrounded by Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and Kenya. It is the oldest independent country on the continent of Africa, having been the only one to have never been colonized (with the exception of a five year, unsuccessful occupation by Italy during WWII).

The people of Ethiopia are often described as being some of the friendliest people in the world. Their culture values family and hospitality. While many people picture Africa as dry and desolate, Ethiopia is actually full of many rather green areas, with rolling hills and water falls.

Temperatures in Addis Ababa are moderate by American standards. Although, they do experience a "rainy season" that generally lasts from August to October. During this time, the rain prevents business from running as usual, and everything comes to a hault in the city. For more on Ethiopia, check out the Links page under the "Resources" tab at the top of the page.

Here are some statistics on life in Ethiopia. Click to enlarge.