A few started the day with a “bijama”, the word Team 2 has coined for a bijaj trauma. Bijaj is a local “taxi” as was mentioned by Team 1. We witnessed a small school child fall off and suffered mild lacerations on his scalp and foot. We were expecting the child to show up at the hospital for further evaluation but unfortunately was likely taken back to his home by his parents for local cares.
Overall, today was a shorter day for most as it was “MARKET DAY”. Most of us finished by 2pm, and for some we were in for a treat on our walk back to the compound.
We had the privilege to meet and greet with Marte and Deme, who were in Yetebon for a few short hours. It was a memorable experience. Marte was filled with so much love, gratitude and compassion.
All 17 of us then loaded the fully functioning Project Mercy bus and headed to “market” in the local town of Butajira. This was truly an eye opening experience as we attempted to purchase a few souvenirs. As we weaved in and out of the poverty-struck locals, it made me realize how fortunate we are to have food on the table each day with shoes on our feet. We then headed to a nearby hotel and had COLD beer and local Ethiopian cuisine, with some tasty french fries! Some of us tried the shekla tibs (lamb with enjira), even Dr. Jacobs was adventurous and deliciously enjoyed the meal.
When we returned, some were still a little adventurous and went “star gazing” within Project Mercy. This was a great bonding moment. We are soaking in each day, continuing to learn and respect the people of Ethiopia. They are some of the most kind and generous people I have encountered thus far.
We love and miss you all back home!