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20 Jun 2008 description

"The earth was dried out, not a leaf growing anywhere," recalls Gerenchael Giday from Abrha Atsebha, in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray. The once fertile soil around his village was marked by erosion: the trees had been felled and the meadows grazed bare; the crop areas were dried out and the springs were running dry. Today, the situation is very different: all kinds of fruit and vegetables grow on terraced plots, trees cast shade, the springs flow with water again and are capped. Abrha Atsebha has become a green oasis.