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March 12, 2013

Originally posted on Research & Collections:

by Meg Lowman

“I can try to explain it to you, but unless you see it for yourself, you really can’t gasp the situation. They’re going through one of the worst droughts ever, it’s barely rained in three years. There is no water to grow vegetation, no water to drink. Everything is like desert. For people in the United States, it’s hard to wrap your mind around that.”

—Anquan Boldin, football star of Baltimore Ravens’ winning Super Bowl 2013 team

As a nerdy scientist, I was never a Super Bowl fan. This year when Anquan Boldin, who shares my passion for building stone walls in Ethiopia, made the first touchdown of the winning Baltimore Ravens, I became one. Although science and sports appear worlds apart, both of us are dedicated to aiding a country that faces drought, poverty, deforestation, and disease.

Northern Ethiopia has a serious problem with its forest…

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