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An Ethiopian Odyssey

Chapter 18 - Connecting Dreams

24th July 2004

In chapter 18, 'Connecting Dreams’ you will discover the hardships that Fanaye Saifou endured, from the moment she was born. A very devout lady who’s lived in Germany for 35 years now, she also experiences the same still, clear dreams as me. She had intimated in an earlier email that one she’d had in February 2002 was virtually the same as mine two years later.

She put her head closer to mine, speaking softly: “Remember I told you that I wanted to share with you my dream, that is so similar to yours. Well, I’d like to tell you about it now.

“Go on,” I urged.

“In the dream I was in an apartment on the ground floor and I saw hordes of men, women and children running – running for their lives. I opened the window and called out to them: ‘What are you running from?’ ‘What should I do,’ but no one stopped to answer.

“The next thing I saw was a European woman walking by with children and I called her over, asking ‘Tell me, what should I do, should I go or should I stay?’

“The woman looked at me and came over, saying reassuringly, ‘Don’t worry, you are safe, you already have a ticket.’

“A ticket for what?” I demanded.

“A ticket for the boat: look, here is the ticket.”

“She handed me a fine oval-shaped porcelain plate on which was printed an old black and white photo of young women; I stood in the midst of them. Beside me stood my daughter (in reality, Fanaye has never married, nor had children.) Her name was Haimanot – in Amharic, this means faith.

“I was very puzzled by this dream and the next day, I asked a friend what this meant and she told me: ‘Fanaye this is a very good omen, will be involved in something which will do a lot of good in the world.’”

At this, the now-familiar shudders of intuition flowed from my head to my feet……….

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