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Welcome to Ethiopia Blog

I am Australian yet write an Ethiopia Blog – here. Why? In 2016, I met a yerada lij. I’d never heard of them before, but Ethiopia is the land of yerada lijoch. I’ve met them in Australia too. They come from all over: Eritrea, Eswatini, Fiji, Guinea, Iraq, New Guinea, Somalia and Tanzania. Could you be 1 too? Find out here.

Lucy’s People Book

Even cheekier, I co-wrote an Ethiopia book with Mesfin Tadesse. It’s his story of Emperor Haile Selassie I, Ethiopian patriots, communist Derg, cultural heritage, education and engineering. Read his bio.

You can get our paperback here.

"Lucy's People: An Ethiopian Memoir" by Mesfin Tadesse 2021 front cover
Front cover © Yerada Lij Australia, 2021

“In my humble opinion, your book Lucy’s People is the absolute best book I have read since I started being involved in this podcast. I am deeply moved by what I read. I also appreciate the erudite details you provide. I love that this is a faith-friendly book, and that wisdom pours out of every page.” —Ari Barbalat (New Books Network) Podcast Interview

Lucy’s People: A unique depiction of Ethiopia… which gives the reader a broad, holistic understanding of the nation.” —Online Book Club

Yerada Lij Australia

This is Mesfin’s and my publishing name.

Amharic ye character wearing a hat
Meet our logo. ‘Ye’ is a character in the Ethiopian alphabet. He says, ‘Do you like my hat?’

Ethiopia’s Emperor Menelik II also wore hats. In 1895, he gave 2 to Australia. Ever since, Aussies have had fun with similar models. They even dangled corks from hat brims to deter flies. Long live cultural sharing.

Meaning of yerada lij

That’s you: a smart and self-sufficient supporter of the helpless!

It is Amharic, which is the lingua franca of Ethiopia. Many Ethiopians are bi-lingual. I saw children as young as 3 writing in both Amharic and English, using 2 different writing systems. Ethiopia is home to more than 80 languages. Despite what you hear in the wicked West, Ethiopians get along with each other – visitors too.

In 2021, a waiter returned my laptop when I forgot it – on a bench and it had begun to rain. She shunned reward. We struggled. My 65 kilograms and 4 extra decades were no match for her 45 kilograms and scintillating yet serious youth. Fortunately, Mesfin found a quiet workaround. The woman was a yerada lij. Read more about Ethiopia’s quiet achievements.

Rather than existing 1,000 years as a mouse, live one day like a lion.

—Patriot Mama Teliqwa

Photos: © Mesfin Tadesse & Ianet Bastyan 2016–2020

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