Despite the continuing war in Eritrea, the prospect of famine in the central province of W???
Despite the continuing war in Eritrea, the prospect of famine in the central province of W???ll??? and a power struggle within the ruling military council, some slow progress is being made to improve living conditions in the country's capital. In the four years since the revolution that overthrew Emperor Haile Selassie, Ethiopia's new government has attempted to build a Marxist society. In recent months, reports have suggested that thousands have died in the process.
SYNOPSIS: Addis Ababa is divided into nearly 300 'kebeles', or district committees, which control their own particular areas of the capital. The 'kebele', the neighbourhood arm of the revolution, is often guarded like a small fortress. This is 'Kebele 14', where many live without running water, sewers or electricity. Their homes are often wooden shacks or mud huts.
The government says the 'kebeles' have succeeded in forming housing co-operatives and some new homes are being built. However, most people are still on the waiting lists and this weaver, who is considered well-to-do, still lives in a one-room h???vel.
Most of Addis Ababa's population of more than a million live in these conditions and 'Kebele 14' is particularly proud of its women who have been formed into a union. The 'kebele' says their revolutionary fervour means that every week they work an additional voluntary shift without pay.
There are now over 1200 'kebeles' in Ethiopia and the military leadership claim they have raised the people's political consciousness. However, the London 'Observer' has suggested that the 'kebeles' are responsible for mush of the terror campaign that has recently swept through Ethiopia. The government replies their district committees have helped to smash anti-revolutionary activities. And the women's unions, whose shops sell clothes made in the 'kebeles', play an important role in plans for a socialist society.