- Written by Majka Burhardt
- Published by Shama Books (2008)
- Photography by Gabe Rogel
VERTICAL ETHIOPIA documents a climbing expedition to unexplored sandstone spires in northern Ethiopia. In March 2007, four women traveled to Ethiopia to discover if climbing might be the next frontier for this continuously evolving country. Told through a series of vignettes that reveal what it means to climb, to travel, and to explore, Vertical Ethiopia looks closely at the intersections between adventure and culture, history and opportunity. Vertical Ethiopia was published by Shama Publishing, an Ethiopian Publisher. The book is thus a collaborative African product with over half of the first print run having been sent to Addis Ababa for in-country sale. Learn more about Vertical Ethiopia.
5% of your purchase of Vertical Ethiopia will be donated to the Fistula Foundation, an organization dedicated to treating and eradicating obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.
The Fistula Foundation – Why?
I traveled in Ethiopia in a group of four women with an average age of 35. We traveled in a region in Ethiopia where our contemporaries might each have five children, and have given birth to the first when they were as young as twelve. We saw young mothers everywhere, and we also saw curious young girls who came to watch us climb.
Before I went to Ethiopia I had never heard of a Fistula, and I had no idea of the impact of Fistula on the health of the women in this nation. A Fistula is a hole, and an obstetric fistula is a hole between a woman’s birth passage and one or more of her internal organs. Left untreated, a Fistula can lead to death. In Ethiopia, alone, there are an estimated 100,000 women suffering with untreated fistula, and another 9,000 women who develop fistula each year. The Fistula Foundation has hospitals around Ethiopia devoted to treating these women and to preventing Fistula with education and birth training.
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