Ged works for the CAFOD Hexham & Newcastle office, and writes from his travels to Mekelle, Ethiopia, teaching in a school there.

He says: “Ethiopia’s a country that I’ve heard a lot about over the years. People of my generation will always associate it with Band Aid and Live Aid.

“I can remember loads of concerts and events taking place locally to raise money in the mid-80s, and I can remember watching Live Aid concert. Bob Geldof’s famous outburst ‘live’ on telly was the ‘Where were you…?’ moment for my generation.

“Since then, one thing I know is how good Ethiopians are at long-distance running. People tell me I sound like Brendan Foster, so maybe I can do some commentating while I’m there.

“I’m looking forward to working with the children in Mekelle, and finding out about them and their lives, culture and language, as much as I hope they learn about English.

“I’m hoping to work with them to prepare a newspaper, packed with stories about their lives and written by them, about them and from their point of view.”

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4 thoughts on “GedN”

  1. Thanks Ged many people in west don’t seem to understand reasons of famine in Tigray in 1984 and 85,

    it is very easy to relay on the information of the media, I am from tigray myself, educated in mekele during

    famiine time, the memories of those years still come a fresh to my mind now and again specially when I

    see people in problems, I live in Liverpool for the last 19 years, I have been lucky to access good

    education, I have decent job. However experiencing challenges of life at first hand in the past helped me

    appreciate what I have and support others..

    keep up your good work best wishes.


    1. Saba,
      I’ve just seen this. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I have great memories of the young people I met in Mekelle and the beauty of Tigray. I would love to go back one day.


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