Author Archives: Janno

About Janno

A young development worker in Africa

My story

Instead of a written blog, a video this time. I hope to make one in the field during the harvest season here as well. Someone took below video when I shared my story during a meeting of my organisation in … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol

This year has not been a merry one. 5 years after independence the newest nation on earth is still ravaged by civil war. Come Christmas, people are looking for shimmers of hope. There is one such shimmer I want to … Continue reading

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The elusive pursuit of happiness?

Through the centuries people have sought after what makes a happy life. Buddhism holds the promise of reaching such a state of being at some point and Greek philosophers held town square debates over the question of how to reach … Continue reading

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A new beginning (Suluja na South Sudan)

Over my left I see the sky greeting earth over the horizon. On my right an overweight man with a few remaining hairs draped across his otherwise bold pate. I am seated on a propeller plane flying me into a … Continue reading

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Life on a shoestring…

My latest hobby I developed in which I here is to weigh myself.  It’s a little trick I play on the blind people in Bahir Dar. It’s good fun. Being blind, your job predicament seems to be to sit on … Continue reading

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50 years Africa

50 years ago post-independence leaders met in Addis Ababa, coined the ‘capital of africa’, to establish a league of African nations. Being on the brink of shaking off the shackles of colonialism, leaders dreamed of building a prosperous continent based … Continue reading

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Made in China

What I remember from my first visit to Ethiopia was the strange experience of being labelled Chinese for the first time in my life. During my trip through rural areas our jeep passing caused kids to run up to the road … Continue reading

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A truly unique country

I am seated on a 20 cm high wooden stool on main street, Addis Ababa.  In front is a young boy brushing my shoes making them shine brighter than the day they left Chinese factory doors.  I enjoy seeing the … Continue reading

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Buns and Bandits

As I disembark the plane, the sun tantalises my eyes, the unmistakable smell of Africa enters my nostrils and an old rippled smiling face greets me welcome. I just landed in Addis Ababa, more than one month ago from now, … Continue reading

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A trip less ordinary

It is the first of April as we set out for our great adventure. As the church choir stills sings its last song, we pack our last bag and head out of Kigali. After a 1-day drill course on the … Continue reading

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