from the field: Mekelle’s mourning

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Christy Scazzero
Christy Scazzero

The death of a leader is always traumatic. When the Prime Minister of Ethiopia passed away earlier this week, his native region of Tigray virtually shut down.

That’s where our Water Program Development Leader, Christy Scazzero, found herself yesterday, surrounded by the surreal scene of public mourning. As part of a three-week site tour, Christy was visiting our partners at REST (Relief Society of Tigray) when Meles Zenawi, 57, died unexpectedly.

So when every last person in the city of Mekelle walked to the towering war memorial to mourn, Christy joined REST’s delegation. She called the experience incredible. And by joining REST’s staff during this emotional time, she got to know our biggest implementing partners just a little better.

water partners at REST mourn in Ethiopia
Mourners walk to the war memorial in Mekelle, Ethiopia.

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