The Beggars In Addis Ababa

Extreme poverty in Ethiopia

The life is tough for the two women Belay and Zemu, who live in the small village Kajima in Northern Ethiopia. Shortage of food make them leave the village and travel with their kids to the capital Addis Ababa for begging.

The family left behind is supported by the money Zemu and Belay make as beggars. Several months later they come back to the village with their small savings. This year Zemu returned to a bad surprise. Rumours in the village told, that her husband has donated some of her pots to another women.


  • Producer & Director:

    Jakob Gottschau

  • Cinematography:

    Jakob Gottschau

  • Cinematographer:

    Henock Haiku

  • Film Editor:

    Jesper Osmund

  • Music:

    Niels Mosumgaard