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In moments of reflection about life, I usually wonder what one needs to be a happy person. Is it love? Wealth? Health? A sense of satisfaction with whatever we have? A combination of these? I honestly cannot say for sure. 

A year or so back, I followed a program on Sheger FM about government primary school students in Addis Ababa who fainted during lectures or were unable to continue classes due to lack of food.

We are all the same yet different. Our values, beliefs, likes, dislikes, thoughts and our behavior in general are the results of the complex interactions of societal and genetic factors to which we are exposed.

The quote ‘Better a broken promise than none at all’ by Mark Twain got me wondering if most us would agree with such a claim. 

The loss of hundreds of Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somali lives at the near end of the gruesome journey to the coasts of Italy was tragic news that crowded the media worldwide.

A cousin of mine who came for a brief visit from abroad once said that a safe return home from a day spent out in Addis Ababa is yet another day survived from the dangers that corner the streets of the city. 

When I grow up, I want to be a doctor! When I grow up, I want to be a pilot! I am sure many of us Ethiopians were asked the question ‘What would you like to be when you grow up?’ during our childhoods.  Somehow, the only professions most of us knew of were medicine and piloting. 

Should I or should I not give money to beggars? That is the question that pesters my mind as I walk the streets of Addis every day.

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