4th of July, Habesha Style

July 4th was a fantastic community gathering at Cherokee House. I spent Friday morning and early afternoon meeting with HIV+ support groups at Mission to the World, to discuss possible income generating activities (this is the project I’m working on with MBA students from Duke and UNC). Luckily, I was able to make it back to the house in time to help Fontigh and Lout cut up the freshly slaughtered sheep.

Fontigh proceeded to make the best tibs (what Ethiopians call meat that is cut into small chunks and sautéed) and ribs I’ve had while in Ethiopia. He used an enormous wok over an open flame to cook the meat to perfection.

Unfortunately, many of our guests were Ethiopian Orthodox, which means they fast on Wednesdays and Fridays. Asni, our house manager, had prepared for this however, and there was plenty of food that even those who were fasting were permitted to eat.

After dinner, we proceeded to ignite cheap Chinese fireworks. The Ethiopian guests were, not surprisingly, baffled by all of this. I can only imagine what they were thinking, “What are these crazy Americans up to now?” Of course, they’re too polite to ever say anything and besides the fireworks, I believe they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

By 8:30 everyone had cleared out, as many of us were planning to work Saturday morning.


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2 thoughts on “4th of July, Habesha Style

  1. re: “Unfortunately, many of our guests were Ethiopian Orthodox, which means they fast on Wednesdays and Fridays.”

    “unfortunate”! (ie:having been marked by bad fortune).
    where you as unfortunate to visit such a sacred place as eden. where the balance of life and death still maintain. and jah people still remember and respect the flesh of all sacred animals. know your self to know others as well.

    live & let live


    1. Yeekerta (excuse me) – by no means did I mean it’s unfortunate to be Orthodox. I simply meant that it was unfortunate that they could not enjoy the tibs (meat) with those that were not of the Orthodox religion. Again, I apologize for any misunderstanding.

      Thanks for reading!

      Most sincerely,

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