Self-build project in Ethiopia Where a small plane inspires great hope
Asmelash Zeferu is nervous. He stands in front of his self-made airplane. Made of cloth, wood, screws. With a car engine as propulsion. It should take off, right away. Then he would have made it, would have left everything behind him. Only the sky. Asmelash is not a pilot, not an engineer – he’s a nurse from Addis Ababa.
Apart from him, there are only cows and two children, with dried snot under their noses. The kids say hello, Asmelash doesn’t say hello back. The propeller does not fit on the engine. Asmelash puts his hand to his sweaty forehead, thinks. But it does not help. Asmelash gives up. "Tomorrow then", he says. He is used to nothing working.