I think everyone in Ethiopia is asking themselves “ahun krumpt gebah?” (Is the rainy season now here?). We’ve seen a little bit of rain over the last couple days. It seems to be coming in typical Ethiopian Krumpt (rainy season) fashion – rain half the day and sun the other half. The other day, for example, I went to meet Ruth at her school for lunch. On the way, the sun was really strong and I had worked up a decent amount of sweat by the time I got to the school. But, after lunch it was overcast and had cooled down quite a bit – in fact, I almost wish I had a sweatshirt with me!
It’s hard to tell if the rain will be enough to save the country from a drought and major food problems. And I’m certainly no expert on the matter. But I think that we’re all holding out hope and this recent rain has certainly lifted our hope on the matter. If it continues like this, the harvest might just be enough to pull the country through the year. At the same time, however, many large international organizations are calling for more aid and support for East Africa this year because it still looks like food security may be an issue this year.
Another thing that I am always amazed about in Ethiopia is how different the seasons are – and how quickly they change. Even just a few weeks ago, while it was still the dry season, everything was so dusty and overwhelmingly dry. You had to stop breathing if a car drove past (not to mention the massive amounts of dust that was accumulating in our house!). But now we have a different set of problems to deal with. When the rain comes there is a huge amount of sticky, slippery mud all over the place (which sure makes walking around fun!).
Even though we have seen some rain, it certainly isn’t the amount that normally comes during this season. So, there is still cause to be worried. In any case, we are happy that we are getting at least a little bit of rain and that things seem to be looking up on this side of the world. We can only continue to hope that things won’t be as bad as the forecasts are calling for. It’s amazing how much those little drops of water can completely change a place.