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Culture Assignment Ethiopia and Their Culture Ethiopia is a republic in northeastern Africa officially known as The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Addis Ababa is Ethiopias capital and largest city Eritrea and Djibouti are its northeast bordering countries Somalia borders Ethiopia on the east and southeast sides Kenya is on the southwest and Sudan is on the west and northwest borders Ethiopia covers an area of 437600 miles The majority of Ethiopia is a high plateau capped with rugged mountains lowland deserts surround the plateau region Ethiopia was formerly known as Abyssinia until the 20th century Ethiopia is the oldest independent nation in African The Amhara were the founders of the original nation and the related Tigrayans which are both ancestors of the Semitic region comprise 32 percent of the total population In 1997 there was an estimated 57098762 people living in Ethiopia which yielded an overall density of 130 per square mile The Amhara and Tigrayans occupy the northwestern highlands and an area north of Addis Ababa The Oromo a pastoral and agricultural people who live mainly in central and southwestern Ethiopia comprise about 40 percent of the population The Shangalla of the east and the Somali of the west each constitute about 6 percent of the population The Denakil Yemenis Indians Armenians and Greeks are all smaller groups of population which comprise the remaining 16 percent of the Ethiopian land Ethiopia is one of Africas smallest countries that are afflicted with famine Ever since the Ethiopian famine of the early 1980s warfare and weather have created an enduring string of exceptional food emergencies in Sub-Saharan the least agriculturally endowed region of the world In an average year Africas countries like Ethiopia receives half of the international food assistance that is contributed by such major food donors as the United States Canada Australia and Japan and distributed mostly through the UN World Food Program Ethiopia continues to suffer
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