I mentioned in June that I met the President of the Southern Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia at a reception for our agency's in-country representative. I was able to spend some time with His Excellency, President Shiferaw Shigutie, and talk about the Sidama people. Both he and my daughter are Sidama. At that reception, he told me he would send me a Sidama dictionary when he returned to Ethiopia as a gift to us and a way to help us preserve some of our daughter's Sidama culture.
Well, I know President Shiferaw Shigutie must be a very busy man, being the President of SNNPR, and everything. I certainly wouldn't fault him for not following through. But this month I got an email from him telling me the books were on their way. How cool is that? And a few days later... the package arrived.
Included, was a Sidaamuaffo to Amharic to English dictionary, and a Sidaamuaffo grammar book. It may take a little work to decode the books, as all the words in the dictionary are alphabetical by Sidaamuaafo and the grammar book is only in Sidaamuaffo.
But these are treasures indeed! I'm very grateful to have these Sidama resources that I can pass on to my daughter. (and hopefully learn some Sidaamuaffo in the process!)
And I'm eternally grateful to President Shiferaw Shigutie for taking time out of his busy schedule to send those to me. He is very proud of his Sidama heritage and I know he wants my daughter to be proud to be Sidama too. I'll do everything I can to facilitate that.
Is it totally weird that I don't want to throw away the envelope with the "Ethiopia Worldwide Express" and Amharic characters on it?