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Written by Amel Belay   

HUT_1Although Betengna has only been broadcasting in 5 regions, it has a combined national coverage for almost all of Ethiopia. Still there are some regions where we have not yet established a presence. A few weeks ago I travelled to Afar, one of these regions where Betengna is not very well known. The idea was to observe and investigate the similarities and differences between life in Afar and the stories we always capture on Betengna. My findings led to this article I share with you today.

The first thing people asked me when I returned from Semera, the capital city of Afar, was about female circumcision. Afar is notorious for its practice of the most brutal type of female circumcision, or as most in the health and rights field prefer to call, female genital mutilation. But when I returned to Addis, I wasn’t thinking about circumcision at all. As gruesome as a practice it is when you hear about (and sometimes watch) it, when you are there in the midst of the community with the women, circumcision is but a mere entry point into their world of toil for which they earn no respite or gratitude. And if I was to maintain a (strictly!) objective point of view, female circumcision can be viewed as a rite of passage (albeit cruel and permanently scarring one) into womanhood. But how is the rest of their life be justified as they spend every waking minute of it laboring to serve their family with no help from their male partners? This is what I was asking myself and still trying to answer.

The Bigger Picture PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sosena Tesfaye   

Aster-n-co_1If you are a regular listener of Betengna, you will know that at the end of a diarist’s series, we do a special program for their finale. When Aster Kebede’s series, my diarist on Debub FM 100.9, ended I decide to do a program about her encounter with some of her professed dedicated listeners in Awassa. I thought a semi-formal discussion about what they thought of her diaries as they listened to them for 40 weeks and what they learnt from them would suffice. But I could never have expected the reception they gave her and the after-effects of it stay with me today, months after I stopped producing her diaries.


Meet an Artist's Wife PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sosena Tesfaye   


Not everyone can captivate attention of a room full of people But Nardos Debebe does that effortlessly, typical of a person born and raised in Kasanchis.  I first met her about two months ago at a workshop organized by Betengna; she had an easy going personality and a friendly attitude that made our conversation enjoyable and relaxed. I was intrigued and wanted to know more about her. She didn’t hesitate to open up about her life starting from her childhood, her family and her marriage to a well-known artist.

Her marriage to this famous artist was one of the many turning points in her life where, as she told me, everything changed for the worst and the rest of her life began. The Nardos spoke the more varied my responses to her became, from pure amazement, to shock, to tear-welling sadness.  I realized that her life experiences were rich and deserved a greater audience than myself.

Nardos was so engaging that hours passed by without me noticing. I thought to myself thinking that surely she is the kind of diarist we want on Betengna; honest as the day to anyone that cares to listen. She needed little convincing and now is willing to bear all and share with you her captivating story. I want to invite you to listen and give our new diarist a warm welcome.


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