Saturday, September 12, 2009

An awesome cover from Ethiopia!

How often does one receive a mail from Africa? 'Once in a blue moon' I would say. Yesterday, I was thrilled to receive this wonderful cover from Ethiopia! Thank you very much, Chitra Mohan Nair!
The 4 lovely stamps franked on this cover belong to the "Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC)" series, issued in Jan 2009. Trypanosomiasis is a parasitic disease of people and animals, caused by protozoa of the species Trypanosoma brucei and transmitted by the tsetse fly. It is responsible for the death of some 50,000 people and three million livestock in Africa every year. This disease is still unknown to many people and has become a major constraint for rural development in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Ethiopian government hopes that the release of these postage stamps will serve to draw attention not only to the plight caused by tsetse and trypanosomiasis, but more importantly, to PATTEC's objective of eradication of the disease.

Let's wish them all the best!

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