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U.S. forces build school in Ethiopia
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Students at Abiot Ermeja Elementary School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, listen to their lessons on Wednesday. According to teachers of the school, many students survive on the streets by their wits when they are not in class.

U.S. forces build school in Ethiopia
By Zeke Minaya, Stars and Stripes,
Mideast edition, Saturday, January 5, 2008

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia The familiar din of children filled the hallways and classrooms of Abiot Ermeja Elementary School. Clad in reddish uniforms, the students laughed and yelled, called out answers to teachers questions and ran between rooms.

English teacher Abdul Wasie Nessredine said he believes in the potential of his students.

This is a poor school, but if these children could have access to decent facilities, I believe they can go anywhere, do anything.

But, as in much of Africa, belief and faith meet up against harsh realities.

The students do not have science or language labs, and they lack computers, Nessredine said. And, outside of school hours, many of the children struggle to survive in the face of crushing poverty, he said.

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