Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Millennium

When the rest of the world was debating on the new calendar in the sixteenth century, Ethiopia was in the middle of its darkest midlle ages, divided in regional kingdoms and land locked by muslim kigdoms, and just recovering from a devastating civil war between Islamic inssurgents lead by Ahmed Ibin Gran of Harar also called Gragn Mohammed, against the Christians of Ethiopia, killing Christians and burning churches, from 1528 to 1543.
With the help of the Portugues military expedition of four hundred soldiers, lead by the grandson of Vasco Degama christanity in Ethiopia was salvaged. However, the devastation and the scar of fifteen horrible years left Ethiopia back hundreds of years and its contacts with rest of the world was reduced to its historic minimum.
Such was the condition in Ethiopia when the world opted to change its calendar ignoring The only Christian nation in Africa at that time in history.
Even the most thorough on-line search engine like bonot mention Ethiopian Millennium, in their references of 'millennium'.
The Ethiopian Clendar consists of thirteen months, twelve months of thirty days each and the thirteenth month of five days which becomes six days every leapyear. Like the monthof Febraury in the Gregorian Calendar, becoming twenty nine days every leap year.
The unfortunate year of the Universal Convention on Calendar adjustment forgot the invitation to Ethiopia or there was no authority that represted Ethiopia at the convention, we stucked to the original countig of times, which is correctly correlated to the birth of Jesus Christ.
The reason we in Ethiopia celebrate 11th of September 2007 as our New Millennium is, because it is truely two thousand years since Jesus Christ was born and the promise of new world order and prosperity ior all who survived the seven years of the rule of extremists, that started on 11th of September in USA by suicide attacks, which the Holy Bible calls 666, will begin at the dawn of September the 11th 2007 at the celebration of the Ethiopian Millennium in Ethiopia, where the Holy Arc of The Covenant rests.
We in Ethiopia invite you to come to Ethiopia and CELEBRATE the TRUE millennium.



Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Brucellosis in Yifat

The objective of this blog is to give some insight to the health condition of people living in this disease pron region of Ethiopia.
Though Yifat was a name not used presently, to the author it has a practical value. This area is now divided on liguistic settlements for reasons of political stability.
Amharic, Oromifa and Afar speaking people are settled in Yifat, located at the western part of the Great Rift Valley arround 1400 meters above sea level and already
endemic for malaria, HIV, Tuberculosis, Yellow Fever and Bilharziosis is now facing anew threat from the zoonotic disease, Brucellosis.
The disease is common in Yifat from Debre Sina to Ataye, from Komame to Hadeleila in the Afar state and the area around Senbete in the Oromia region.
The fragmentation of Yifat in to linguistic admnistrative areas seems to hamper reporting of cases and responsability. Though the WHO is making research in Central Afar, the increase in the number of patients with very high titres of Brucella AB antibodies is a daily observation in Shewa Robit.
Brucellosis is transmitted by ingetion of unpastuerized milk, and un cooked dairy products; the author, have found out the majority of patients have not taken dairy products for a long time.
In conclusion it is the belief of the author that Yifat is facing an airborne Brucellosis for which the author needs help to prevent the poor people of Yifat.