book of the month

Down On Both Sides

By Caroline Kurtz

    Caroline Kurtz grew up in the remote mountains of Maji Ethiopia in the 1950’s.  Inside her mud adobe home with her missionary parents and three sisters, she enjoyed America family life.  Outside, her world was shaped by drums and the joy cry, Jeep and 

Mule treks into the countryside; ostriches on the air strip; and the crackle of several Ethiopian languages she barely understood but longed to learn.


   Caroline felt she’d been exiled to a foreign country when she went to Illinois for college. She returned to Ethiopia as soon as possible. Life under Communist dictatorship meant constant outrages – water, sugar, electricity, even toilet paper.  But she still was willing to do anything, no matter how hard, to live in Ethiopia again. Yet the chaos only increased as guerrillas marched down from the northeast.


    Carline can speak and read Amharic in Ethiopia’s Maji District, introducing apples, solar energy and women’s cottage industries.