Postcards: Two camels carry all of Udawka Ali’s family possessions. Udawka’s name means “short,” but she’s at least half as tall as her camel. The clan moves camp about every twenty days with their herds to protect the fragile pastures in northern Afar, Ethiopia. Climate change, locusts, and pressures from the outside world threaten this nomadic pastoral way of life. It was a rare gift to be able to spend an overnight with these gracious people.
Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Rosemary Shenk spent the first thirteen years of her life as a child of missionaries and development workers in Tanzania and Kenya. Currently, Rose and her husband live and work in Ethiopia. Their jobs for a relief and development organization take them to many corners of Ethiopia as they walk alongside local organizations, helping to bring education, health, agriculture, clean water, emergency relief, and peace to local communities. https://buckshefusethiopia.wordpress.com/