Name: Frehiwot Samuel
Story: Frehiwot is 3 years old, and she lives with her mother, Yehit Fanta, who is 30 years old, father, Samuel Zerihun, and siblings Kiduse, who is 12 years old and in 5th grade, and Bethelhem, who is 14 years old and in grade 6 at a school for children with special needs in the town of Hawasa, as she is deaf. Yehit works in the trash dump and washes clothes to earn a small income, as Samuel is not able to work due to poor health.
Name: Yabsira Sisay
Story: Yabsira is 4 years old, and she lives with her mother, Amarech Worku, father, Sisay Alelign, and siblings, Tamirat, who is 10 years old and in 4th grade, and Getayawkal, who is 2 years old. Amarech is unable to work as she has an issue with her nerves and stays home with the younger children, but Sisay works as a security guard to earn a small income for the family.
Name: Mekfira Redwan
Story: Mekfira is 3 years old and she lives with her mother, Fetia, who is 25 years old, father, Redwan Jemal, and older brother, Abdulmalik Redwan, who is 7 years old and in 1st grade. Redwan, used to work in construction and used to carry heavy loads, but has recently been diagnosed with a kidney disease that keeps him home and prevents him from working. Fetia is the sole provider for the family when she can find work.
Name: Enatinesh Wale
Story: Enatinesh is a 35 year old single mother originally from the village of Amhara in Northern Ethiopia. She came to Korah after her mother passed away 20 years ago to pursue a better life in the city. She now lives in Korah with her son, Abraham, who is 7 years old and in 1st grade this year. He loves playing soccer, and dreams of becoming an engineer some day! Abraham’s father is deceased, and Enatinesh is raises Abraham as a single mother, collecting and selling items from the trash dump to earn an income.
Story: Yemetaw is a 62 year old father of three, originally from a village in Northern Ethiopia called Gojam. She moved to Addis Ababa about 20 years ago to pursue a better life and medical care in the city. He eventually settled in Korah where he lives today with his wife, Yizbalem, and their three children: Haymonet, 18 years old, Muluken, 14 years old, and Rediet, 7 years old. Yemetaw is disabled an unable to work, but supports his family by occasionally begging on the street.
Name: Genet Belay
Story: Genet is 10 years old and in 2nd grade. She lives with her mother, Getitu Atnafu, who is a 44 year old widow. After Genet’s father, Belay, passed away, the family came to Addis Ababa from Lasta Lalibela, which is in the northern part of Ethiopia and Getitu remarried, but that husband left a year ago. Genet currently lives with her mother and siblings: Abiye, 1 year old, Ayal, 5 years old, Beti, 8 years old, and Birtukan, 17 years old, who works cleaning homes and washing clothes to support the family.
Name: Teka Moges
Story: Teka Moges was previously married to her husband, Chekol, but after a disagreement, she fled the countryside with her children, leaving him behind. She now lives in Korah with her three children, Afere Chekol, 10 years old and in 2nd grade, Alemitu Chekol, 6 years old and in kindergarten, and Abraham Chekol, who is 1 year old. To support her children Teka works in individual houses as domestic worker when the work is available, and washes clothes for other families.
Name: Kalkidan Tesfaye
Story: Kalkidanis 3 years old, and she lives with her mother, Eskedar Tadesse, father, Tesfaye, and siblings, Yabsera, 8 years old and in 2nd grade, and Bezawit, who 6 years old and was born with a physical handicap that affects her arms and legs, and she is mute, but not deaf. Eskedar has to stay home to look after Bezawit and Kalkidan, but Tesfaye works as a daily laborer to earn a small income for the family, although it is not enough to meet their needs.
Name: Zakeir Temom
Story: Zakeir is 5 years old and in kindergarten this year. He likes playing soccer with friends at recess and when he has free time after school. He is attending private school, and currently Zakeir’s favorite color is yellow. He is enjoying his math class in school this year, and when he grows up, Zakeir dreams of becoming a professional soccer player someday! He lives in Korah with his mother, Adanech, father, Dejene, and 10 year old brother, Hermon. To support the family Dejene works as a daily laborer to earn a small income.
Name: Radia Mohammed
Story: Radia is a 52 year old widow, her husband passed away when she was pregnant with their child, Birhanu, from complications due to HIV/AIDS. Birhanu is now 16 years old and in grade 8. He is enjoying his English class in school this year, and he dreams of being a professional soccer player some day! Radia is HIV+ and often suffers from symptoms of the disease.
A Night In Korah
Videographer and storyteller, Ryan Daly, spends a night in Korah and documents his experience to share with the world. The people featured in this film are part of our ministry in Korah.