The Meeting of Paul and Abraham

Trip Start Jun 16, 2007
Trip End Aug 11, 2007

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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Today as I was walking up Menelik II Avenue I ran into an eleven year old boy named Abraham.  He asked me if I wanted to get my shoe shined.  Shoe shine boys are a dime a dozen in Addis which I don't understand considering that it is rainy season right now.  Regardless, I declined, despite all the dirt on my sneakers. 
Was this a meeting of Biblical proportions?  Abraham and Paul met today.  I couldn't help notice the coincidence.  Abraham was an intelligent kid who would have easily been an ace in my class.  At first when he came up to me I thought he was one of the many street children than roam this city.  But it turns out he is living with his mother. 
Abe told me his story which I found to be quite sad.  His dad had passed away and his brother shot to death at the age of twelve for throwing stones at a police officer during a riot.  He also told me about his savings of 45 Birr (approximately USD $5) that he was saving to buy a school uniform.  He asked me for some money and I kindly declined.  Giving out money I have come to realize can be a trouble of its own. 
Tomorrow I head back home.  It's been a great journey and I have more to write about when I get back.  Until then.  Paul
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