For Ethiopia Born Miss Israel an Emotional Return

The first beauty queen born in Ethiopia, Yityish Titi Aynaw, made an emotional trip back to her homeland this week, to accompany her family members on their aliyah trip to Israel. She had left Ethiopia with members of her immediate family at age 10, once in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian passers-by greeted the beauty queen with "congratulations, Miss Israel." On the market, viewers congratulated her for meeting with US President Barack Obama in March and told her that she put Ethiopia on the map. "Since I arrived in Israel more than 10 years ago, I did not talk about the country I came from, it's like I forgot everything," Aynaw said, looking for places and things that could shake his memory.
She traveled to the house where she grew up, with mixed feelings; curious to see him but full of emotion for the death of his mother in that same house.


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In the fall semester of 2014, Public Health without Borders launched a new project in Ethiopia. With the help of two mentors who are working to build a collaborative project between the faculties of agriculture at the University of Maryland and Debre Berhan University, PHWB students began planning a trip to Ethiopia in January.
Before leaving, the PHWB team from Ethiopia planned an evaluation focused on the problems of child malnutrition in the Amhara region. Although the team was not sure how they would change their goals and plans once they met their public health collaborators Debre Berhan, they were prepared to interview teachers and students of public health, leaders and community members, extension workers, health workers. and other key stakeholders.
A group of six people traveled to Debre Berhan, Ethiopia in January to explore the possibility of collaborating with the faculty, staff and students of Debre Berhan University in a community outreach project.

The Government has Also Restricted the Use of Social Networks

Ethiopia has blocked access to the Internet, social networks and instant messaging services such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Viber since the afternoon of Friday 8 July after college entrance examination questions were filtered and published in the network, a fact that has caused the cancellation of the same - equivalent to the Spanish selectivity - twice. "It is a temporary measure until Wednesday. Social media has proven to be a distraction for students," government spokesman Getachew Reda told AFP. About 254,000 students are called to take the exams, according to data provided by the Ministry of Education. Social networks have been inactive until noon on Thursday.

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Ethiopia the Situation of Social Networks

Geraldine de Bastion: What I observed during my first visit to Ethiopia is that in general there is a great demand for information and communication and social networks are revealed as a means of expression for its inhabitants. Due to the lack of Internet, social networks are currently reserved for a few who have access, but this small community of social networks is using creatively platforms such as Facebook and Twitter for a greater exchange of information. For example, I love the Facebook group led by a young Ethiopian who shares ideas to go out in Addis Ababa.
That was the opinion of Geraldine de Bastion who is an international consultant from Berlin (Germany) who grew up in a multicultural environment. Expert in information and communication technologies and new media for development, advises government organizations, NGOs and companies on digital media and communication strategies. He also works with activists and bloggers from around the world.

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