Our Trustee Director, Sue Griffin, recently visited our project in Ethiopia and spent time at Merkato grain market at the edge of Addis Ababa, said to be the largest market in Africa and visited by up to 4,000 donkeys per day. We have been operating in Merkato since 1995, opening a clinic in 2008. The donkeys carry grain sacks to and from the market, and are often very overloaded for their small size.
Our clinic staff treat many donkeys for harness sores, hoof issues often due to abscesses caused by nails and other wounds, injuries due to beatings, car accidents, and the inevitable results of eating plastic and ropes.
“We walked through the market and our staff intervened when we found a donkey hobbled so tightly that the hobbles cut through the skin. We spoke to the owner who agreed to bring the donkey to our clinic for treatment. This is difficult work, dealing with sometimes aggressive and difficult owners in a harsh environment, with patience and calmness. Unsung work, but where we can clearly see the positive impact of our work making a difference on a daily basis in the most trying circumstances. It was a relief for me to leave, but day in and day out our clinic continues to administer to the most marginalised donkeys in the most marginalised communities.”
Sue Griffin, Trustee Director.