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The Beggars in Addis Ababa (Tiggerne i Addis Ababa)| 44mins
Director: Jakob Gottschau | Producer: Jakob Gottschau
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: Denmark
Subject Tags: africa, ethiopia, food, migration, poverty, water
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Life is tough for two women, Belay and Zemu, who live in the small village of Kajima in northern Ethiopia. The shortage of food caused them to leave the village and travel with their kids to the capital, Addis Ababa for begging. Zemu and Belay support the family they left behind with the money they make as beggars. Several months later, they come back to the village with their small savings. This year, Zemu returned to a bad surprise. Rumors in the village told that her husband had donated some of her pots to another woman. A short documentary about extreme poverty in Ethiopia where drought and climate change make people struggle for survival.

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