It was February 1985 when I first arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There was a humanitarian crisis with famine as a result of drought in a war torn land.
There were so many firsts for me when I arrived to work in a famine relief shelter in Mekele, Tigre , which was one of the worst affected areas.
It was my first time:
- in Africa
- living in a military dictatorship
- living in a Marxist state
- seeing poverty in the extreme
- experiencing the desperation and hopelessness of people displaced by war and famine
- being overwhelmed by the resilience of the human spirit
- meeting a future saint