Spreading out along Ethiopia's northern border with Eritrea, the region of Tigray has a tense and difficult history. The area was hit particularly hard by the famines and civil war during the 1980s and 1990s.
The region has a high prevalence of people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as many broken homes and dead or missing men.For the women of Tigrinia and their families life has been tough, with limited access to financial, medical, educational and social support systems.
The Spanish Government funded United Nation's Millennium Development Goal Fund (MDGF) is focused on supporting the Ethiopian Government to meet the MDGs. The Leave No Women Behind program works with UNFPA and supports existing Ethiopian government structures to try and improve the lives of these women.
Do you know of Eritrea? If so, you’re amongst a minority. Many people have not heard of it, let alone know where to find it on the world map. So why then would an inadvertent figurehead of the global fixed gear scene travel there? Two reasons apply to Patrick Seabase. Firstly, Eritrea is a mountainous country with some spectacular roads. Secondly, it has a rich cycling tradition that is as yet mainly undiscovered.
ASMAWA is not just a film about “Euro-boy” riding brakeless down a mountain road in Africa. It is more the story of a pure-hearted athlete who discovers a new world – not least within himself.