The near distant GEFITIE/Amharic: ገፍቴ/ Afan Oromo: Gaffite/
Gefitie is located in Arsi Zone of Oromia regional state in Aseko Woreda. This small village, just part of Kebele, is actually very near to the capital city of the country. Chefa Ifa, where Gefitie is part, is the Oromia Europe characterized by cold climate almost year round. Located approximately 230km from Finfinne, the capital city of Oromia Regional state (of course the nations capital city), anyone can assume the area contains at least basic infrastructure like road, power and communication. However, the distant far Gefitie is without even basic health care center except private clinics who operate at their residence without proper care for the very sensitive health related equipment, injections and tablets. Mothers giving life are dying off during delivery due to absence of basic health center. Complications and difficulties during delivery requires mothers to travel for about 25 to 30km by human power, where in some cases mothers passed away on the way. The location has challenged the minimal efforts to construct road to the area. To date the area lacks the basic infrastructure considered as a right for human being.
There are an estimated 100 households in Gefitie, which can make the population not greater 1000. Muslim and Orthodox christian are the two main religions practiced in the area, the former constitutes larger number. There is strong social fabrics in the area, religion make blurred distinction for social affairs including marriage and mourning. Ethiopia has something to share from as far as mutual coexistance of the community is concerned. We celebrate together, Gefitie might be one of the most diversity tolerating area, where there are two slaughters in same events like marriages and funerals. Where Muslim hosts the event Christian is given separate cattle/goats/sheep to enjoy among the followers. Imagine how weird this might be among conservatives, who consider there is only one way to heaven. This culture has being practice since time immemorable. For mothers heading to market once in a week neighbors breast is there to feed and religion has lost place here. I am one living witness to get the service from my best friend's mom who is actually a Muslim.