November 10, 2015 |
Vanessa Berhe, 19, is on a mission. It is personal and it is international, involving a country that most Americans know little about. Berhe, a freshman at Villanova University, has been campaigning for years to draw attention to the plight of her uncle, Seyoum Tsehaye, an Eritrean journalist. At age 5, she tried collecting money on his behalf. She knows he was jailed 14 years ago, but isn't even sure that he's still alive. She has produced an online video; founded an organization, One Day Seyoum, seeking Tsehaye's freedom; started a petition drive and website; put the word out on social media; contacted lawyers; filed a writ of habeas corpus with an Eritrean court; demonstrated at the U.N. She has appealed even to the Vatican, and said she received a personal assurance from Pope Francis.
October 30, 2015 |
In 1991, the Cape May County freeholders presented the Alice Stokes Paul Award to Maria M. DiGiacomo of Sea Isle City, niece Rita Hill said. Alice Paul, who grew up in Mount Laurel, advocated for the right of women to vote, as enacted in the 19th Amendment. The award recognizes those who have helped raise the status of women in Cape May County. Ms. DiGiacomo was honored for, among her other work, being the first director in 1982 of the Coalition of Women Against Rape and Abuse in Cape May Court House, Hill said.
October 2, 2015 |
An idea that started in the back of a car in Ethiopia 21/2 years ago culminated Wednesday with a $45 million gift to Drexel University's public health school and a new name: the Dana and David Dornsife School of Public Health. The donation, one of the largest in the university's history and by far the biggest for the public health school, will strengthen Drexel's long-standing commitment to Philadelphia neighborhoods and broaden its global work in urban health. Wednesday's announcement brings the California couple's Drexel gifts to $58 million.
February 24, 2015 |
When a refugee working to oppose one of the world's most repressive regimes tried to leave, the Eritrean government found him and held him in an underground prison for six years until he escaped. His job at the jail had been to sell the kerosene that inmates buy for cooking. He said he saw some use it to set themselves on fire. "That was one of the first stories we heard," said Chris Cotter, an aspiring filmmaker in West Chester. "It was tough. " Cotter, a 37-year-old musician, is almost done making a documentary - Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus - to share people's stories and raise awareness about human rights abuses in Eritrea, a country slightly larger than Pennsylvania on the Horn of Africa.
January 12, 2015 |
When Paul Rozin was growing up, his parent thought food waste was terrible, telling him to "finish your food. Think of the starving children in Europe. " The psychology worked. "I would eat my food," he said. Now, Rozin is a cultural psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, and one of his research areas is food attitudes. He spoke recently at the Last Food Mile, a national conference on food waste sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Food waste happens all along the supply chain, from farms to stores to restaurants, but waste in the American home is the single largest component, with the average family of four discarding an estimated 1,164 pounds of food a year - about three pounds a day. A third of that is inedibles, such as chicken bones and orange peels.
July 3, 2014 |
JACK LUTZ didn't know how to quit. After serving as an educator all over the world - Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Poland - he was teaching cartooning at an adult learning center. In fact, he was preparing a lesson plan for the course when he died June 29 at age 92. He lived in Mount Laurel, N.J. "He would exhaust you and me and five other people," said his son, Barry Lutz. "He didn't sleep. " After 30 years in Africa, and pushing 70, Jack decided to join the Peace Corps and taught college in Poland for several more years.
May 6, 2014 |
It was only last month when Mourad Marofit moved from New York to Philadelphia with some of his Moroccan countrymen to carry out their training at Wissahickon Valley Park. He fell in love with the park's scenery and tree-lined paths almost immediately. Marofit found that same satisfaction Sunday on Broad Street, and despite a record field of 40,000 runners and thousands who lined Philadelphia's main thoroughfare, he turned it into his own solitary path, dominating the 35th annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run for a convincing 45-second victory.
April 28, 2014 |
Twenty-nine years ago, in 1985, I traveled to Mekele, Ethiopia, for a six-month stay under the auspices of an African relief agency to participate in famine relief. It proved to be my most life-changing experience. We lived in Haile Selassie's empty summer castle, commuted by truck to the famine camps, and worked alongside other international groups inoculating, feeding, and hydrating the thousands displaced and affected by the ongoing drought. Life-changing, heartwarming, moving. rewarding only begin to express the experience.
February 22, 2013 |
HENRY PRINCE Murphy was a man of many talents and accomplishments, with a major focus on serving his fellow human being. He was an auditor and accountant by trade, but you wouldn't have wanted to tell him he had condemned himself to a life without adventure, not when he was boarding a plane for Ethiopia to help the Rev. Leon Sullivan set up development projects for Third World countries. And not when he was teaching business courses at local schools, or painting portraits of family members, or working in various civic enterprises to help minority businesses, abused women or any number of other programs of benefit to the underserved.
January 14, 2013 |
Hard-driving African music held court Saturday night at World Cafe Live. And though rhythms of Africa and its diaspora dominated the proceedings, drums had very little to do with this domination. Debo Band, from Boston, has gone all in on the Ethiopian pop music of the 1970s, a veritable golden age of creativity in that venerable land. Though other groups, including Either/Orchestra, Debo's Hub homeboys, have done homage to this music, none is as adventurous or unabashedly traditional as Debo.