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.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 8:40 PM

Search for Water

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 8:40 PM
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 8:40 PM

Right now it is the rainy season where I live. When I say rainy season I don't mean that we get a lot of rain (we only get a couple of inches of rain each year), but if we do have a storm the dry ground does not soak up the water and where we live can flood. So right now we have moved to higher ground, in case of flooding. 

Water is hard to come by in the desert, pure water is even harder. We live near a water hole that is drying up because, despite the rainy season, we haven't had any rain in over a month. I heard my father talking about moving us to a new place, but most of the water holes are drying up without rain. 

I pray to god many times each day that it will rain. 


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