Alison returns this September to continue her documentation of African watersheds. She will spend several days before and after being in the Upper Blue Nile River watershed interviewing scientists, conservationists and development NGO representatives in Addis Ababa. She will spend one week (Sept 1–8) photographing the Upper Blue Nile River Basin and interviewing scientists, conservationists and development NGO representatives there. Documentation will cover historical Coptic Christian culture, land usage, agricultural practices of terracing, and water availability.
(Also see Blue Nile Photo Gallery.)
THE BLUE NILE RIVER BASIN
Sunday, Sept 9: Addis Ababa
Conduct interviews with four Blue Nile watershed steward-stakeholders:
Monday, Sept 10: Addis Ababa
Observed preparations for Ethiopia’s new millenium, as their calendar is 7 years behind the Gregorian calendar (the internationally accepted civil calendar).
Tuesday, Sept 11: Adadi Mariam – Melka Kunture – Tiya
Happy New Year and New Millenium, again! Visit cave churches, stellae and archeological sites dating back to over 1.5 million years ago near Awash River Gorge, believed to be home of the Neolithic man.
Sept. 11–21: in OMO RIVER BASIN.
Sunday, Sept 23: Yeha
Drive 36 miles to Yeha, Ethiopia’s first known capital and birthplace of the country’s earliest civilization. Visit its temple 12 meters high.
Monday, Sept 24: Lalibela
Fly to this Eighth Wonder of the World to visit its 11 churches, chiseled out of solid rock in 800–1200 AD. These labyrinthine monuments and their mazes of tunnels center around grottos and receptacles of holy water running off the mountains. Conduct interview with Assefa Aleya, historian and tour guide.
Tuesday, Sept 25: Asheten Mariam
Mule trek through small villages up to monastery hidden under mountain ledge overlooking Lalibela.
Wednesday, Sept 26: Yemrehane Christos
Drive 20 km northeast of Lalibela to Axumite wood-and-stone church.
Thursday, Sept 27: Nakuto Le’abe
Drive to a cave where King Nakuto Le’Ave became a hermit in 1270.
Friday, Sept 28: Addis Ababa
Morning will be spent observing continuing Meskel celebrations. Conduct interview with Habte Yitbarek, tour business owner. Afternoon flight back to Addis.
Saturday, Sept 29: Addis Ababa
Drive up to Mount Entoto (3200 meters) in morning. Visit Ethnographic Museum and Archeological Museum (which contains 3.4 million year old Lucy) in afternoon.
Tuesday, Oct. 2: Addis Ababa
Conduct interviews with Dr. Richard Pankhurst, historian and author of 22 books on Ethiopia; and Thomas Mattanovich, owner of Travel Ethiopia and explorer of Ethiopia for 50 years.
Wednesday, Oct. 3: Addis Ababa
Conduct interviews with three Nile River Basin steward/stakeholders. Memberu Allebachew is with the Nile Basin Initiative. Tschome Lemma is Program Manager at CARE and currently seconded to the Millenium Water Program. Dr. Tadesse is a member of the Water Task Force.