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Karen Darke - Ethiopia

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 20 October 2007

KAREN DARKE
John McCarthy is joined by Karen Darke and her partner Andy Kirkpatrick who have recently climbed the 1,000 metres of sheer rock face of El Capitan in Yosemite Park in California. What made this feat even more difficult was that Karen is paralysed from the chest down. They recount their trip and other remarkable expeditions including traversing Greenland on a special skiing device, hand cycling across central Asia and Japan and kayaking in Alaska.

ETHIOPIA
According to Ethiopia’s own ancient calendar it is the year 2,000 and Ethiopians celebrated their millennium on September 12th. Witnessing the events was the travel writer Adrian Mourby who discovered that as the second oldest Christian country, their version of the faith is very different to that known in Western Europe.

Author Philip Marsden wrote about Emperor Tewedros II, the man Ethiopians think of as the father of the nation and who in the nineteenth century challenged the age’s other great Christian emperor, Victoria.

They discuss Ethiopia’s ancient culture, its history and religious tradition.

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