Local Doctor Works with Students and the Poor in Ethiopia
On Sunday, thousands gathered in Ethiopia's capital to pay final respects to Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi. Meles ruled for 21 years and died August 20th of an undisclosed illness in a Belgian hospital. During his rule, Ethiopia was a strong US ally on counter-terrorism, particularly in Somalia. Even as some human rights groups criticized Meles for his strict control over independent political groups and the press, others credited him with addressing the country's poverty. Marty Nathan saw plenty of poverty during her nine month visit to Ethiopia. The Northampton-based physician was there on a Fulbright to teach medical students at Hawassa Referral Hospital, south of the capital. Her official work was with medical students. Her "unofficial" work was with many of the poor women and children she met: And it was almost by accident.