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View From Your Table

Akado, near Gambella, Ethiopia
Akado, near Gambella, Ethiopia

You readers are wonderful. I said the other day that we lack a View From Your Table from Africa. One of you wrote to her sister in Africa, who sent the above photo with this note:

I have attached a picture of the food from a meal I shared with the nurse at one of the clinics I am trying to support in the Gambella Region of Ethiopia. I live here and am working with the local church, supported by the Presbyterian Church, USA.

The food is kwan. It is the food of the Anywaa people that they eat every day. Basically, its a dry corn mush that is covered with whatever stew they’re in the mood for. This time they had some meat – goat, I think (probably for the “honored guest”), usually, though, it would be something like okra stew or fish stew.

How marvelous! Thank you for sending this, and God bless your work in Africa.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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