In the early hours of March 11, 2017, the trash dump at Korah in the capital of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, (which can been seen many times in the documentary film, Man Up and Go), gave way and created a landslide of tragic proportion. This trash dump is not just any dump. It’s huge, and thousands of people call this landfill home. As of Sunday afternoon here in the U.S., it’s been reported that many have died and hundreds are estimated to be buried alive in an avalanche of mud, trash, and ash. Only God can know the horrific experience these Ethiopians are facing currently.
It has been a couple of years since Man Up and Go has had a significant presence in Addis Ababa as we have been praying for the right church partners there. However, we have cultivated a relationship with Carry 117 who ministers in Korah, and our August team will be spending time ministering alongside them in Korah. There is no doubt the aftermath will alter our plans there as we look to partner with them in a long term effort.
Henok Berhanu, the founder and CEO of Carry 117, has spoken at length on their website about the Aftermath.
Everybody is crying, even the police. This is something you have never seen before. When the bulldozers are digging through the trash and go to pick it up, you see a body coming out. You can’t stand it or be there for more than a minute. The smell of the freshly moved trash, and the scene is hard to stomach this morning.
For now, however, Man Up will be sending aid in the form of clothing and food for those affected by this tragedy. You can donate HERE and all donations marked for the KORAH DISASTER RELIEF will be sent to Carry 117 to help them be the hands and feet of Jesus on the ground.
Thank you for standing with the people of Korah and for praying with us for them. At a time like this, we are reminded of the prayer of King Jehoshaphat when hearing of the news of his enemies on the march against Israel in 2 Chronicles 20:
O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.
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Photos below credit of Sentaheyu D