I am 16 years old,
I was born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia,
And I have lived here all my life.
I fell in love with skateboarding two years ago,
Now I have taught 25 kids how to skateboard.
Most of these kids have a rough life, many don't go to school,
And work for a couple of dollars a day,
Besides surviving they don’t have much of a plan,
They do all kind of jobs, just to get by.
Skating empowers these kids to speak out and be individuals,
It gives them strength to face each day.
Ethiopia Skate Park is a place where kids learn more of themselves and others.
We just wanna skate.
Abenezer Temesgen's words 2013
Photography by Kibuuka Mukisa oscar
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