Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Inside a starving Africa:Subject: The Supermarket and the Starving
ADDIS ABABA, 22 JAN 2003--As soon as I clear the Addis Ababa Sheraton's gates, Derej and Abush accost me. The two 15-year-old boys, who hang around outside the hotel waiting for confused-looking foreigners like me, unleash a cheerful and practiced routine. They're seventh-graders, on holiday because it's exam week and so can they show me around. What do I want to see? Derej proposes taking me to the national museum. When I try brushing them off, Abush offers another idea: "The supermarket? We show you the supermarket?"

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