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Seada’s Story
By: Pete
Sep 1, 2015

Our community journalists recently visited a remarkable 40 year old woman in Gende Tesfa called Seada. Her life is a shining example of how, despite grinding poverty, people help each other and constantly work to improve their lives.

Seada’s family has a history of leprosy and other health problems. She lives with her husband who works as a gardener at the local university which brings in a monthly income of £22. Life is extremely tough. Seada earns £2 a week through taking grain that has been left on the floor of a local grain mill, sifting through it and selling it. They have nine children, one of who sadly passed away, and despite living on the bread-line they have taken in three orphans.


Her daughter Sumeya has problems with her eyes and her youngest daughter Zakira age 1 has hearing problems but Seada cannot afford medical treatment for either of them.


Despite their financial problems Seada’s family is looking after three orphan children. Samia age 13 lost her mother when she was 5, she continued to live with her father but her step mother ill-treated her forcing her to become a day labourer. Seada saw Samia suffering and took her in – thanks to Seada’s kindness Samia can now go to school.

Habsa age 9 has had a turbulent and upsetting childhood. Her father suffered from mental health problems and her mother, unable to cope left the family. Habsa then lived with her elderly grandmother unitl age 4 when she died. out of concern for the youg girl Seada took her in. Habsa is now a high ranking student and wants to become a doctor in order to treat her father’s mental health problems.


Hussaid is 16 and has lost both of his parents. Seada first noticed Hussaid when he came to their home teaching one of her children. She felt sorry and concerned for his welfare and so took him into the family.

Seada continues to sell in the market place in DireDawa, but three months ago a flood ruined her grain. Now she is in need of money to build her business again. ‘If I can get start-up capital I can continue my trade ” she told our community journalists.


Seada needs £160 to continue her market trading – any help you may be able to give will help change the lives of her children, Samia, Habsa and Hussaid.


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