Pray that the Afar people may know God's great love.

My name is Afar. I'm 8 years old and live in the country of Ethiopia.

My home is in a very hot and dry place called the Afar Triangle. Look for me on this map...

My Family's Ari

About Me

My father is a nomadic herdsman. Nomadic means we move around a lot. Last year we moved six times because of a drought! 
I live in a tribe, so when we move our entire tribe moves too. I don't like to move, but it's nice that our friends come with us. Our family has a lot of sheep and goats. We also have some cattle and camels too. My father is the most wealthy man in our tribe. 
 
Even though my family has the most money in our tribe, we still have a hard time finding water for us and our animals. My job is to find water for everyone when we move to a new place. Sometimes the water is a long ways away and every day I will have to walk there to get it. Because we move a lot I do not go to school. My father says that next year my new job will be to help herd the animals. 

Every day after I get water and feed the animals I like to play with my friends. We play our flutes and dance together. At night my friends and I have fun scaring animals that try to come near us by throwing sticks and rocks at them.
Friday, November 16, 2012 2:07 PM

A Visitor

Friday, November 16, 2012 2:07 PM
Friday, November 16, 2012 2:07 PM

Last week a herdsman passed through our tribe and my father invited him to come into our ari. An ari is an oval shaped hut made out of palm mats. This is where we live. 

We do not have many visitors so I was very excited for these guests. Usually visitors means a week filled with parties into the night. When the they arrived my mother told me to quickly go and milk our goat and bring our guest the warm milk. When we offer warm milk to a guest it means that they are welcomed into our home and they are protected by our family. 

I was surprised when I handed the milk to our guests and my father introduced him to me as my uncle. (This was so exciting to me since I had never met any of my father's family before.) I had a wonderful week with my father's family and became good friends with my cousins. We would play our flutes and dance every night they were here. I can't wait to see them again. 

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