Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Ethiopian Refugee Saved Italian Goat Cheese


This beautiful photo (CristianNX, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons) is of the Mòcheni Valley in Italy's north-eastern Dolomite mountains. It's a place where people speak a medieval Germanic language and have a distinctive ethnic culture.

As the BBC reports, the valley was also home to a political refugee from Ethiopia, Agitu Idea Gudeta, whose childhood experience among nomadic shepherds led her to take on the care of the Mòcheni Valley's famed (but endangered) goats. She started to sell dairy products, made from her goats' milk, under the brand La Capra Felice (The Happy Goat).

I encourage you to read the entire story. It's not only got a textbook political persecution real-o-thetical for class, but it's also a tale of why some refugees end up where they do, and it's a story about the ways in which a refugee's unique background and skills can benefit the country of relocation.

I wish I could tell you the story has a happy ending. It does not. Gudeta was ultimately murdered by one of her employees. But Gudeta is not easily forgotten. Those who loved her are working to find ways to continue her legacy, in an out of the Mòcheni Valley.



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