Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Grants to Allow Research in Ethiopia

A doctoral student in the University of Kentucky's-Department of Anthropology has received doctoral research grants totaling $30,000 to study urban expansion and-population displacement in his home country of Ethiopia. The grants to Anduamlak (Andu) Meharie are from the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the-National Science Foundation. Meharie, who has a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a master's degree in applied-anthropology from the University of North Texas, will spend a year in Ethiopia examining the social and economic impacts on 15- to 24-year-olds of a-government program that-displaces rural farming families from their land near urban-areas for urban housing-developments. Meharie, who became a political refugee in 1988 in America, escaping the Marxist government rule of Mengistu Hailemariam, will do his research in the peri-urban area of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Lexington Herald-Leader

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