Dabbo Pitt Receives Hero's Welcome In Ethiopia

BRAD PITT is known as Dabbo in the Ethiopian village where he's become a father figure to kids hungry to learn - because locals are convinced he's called Bread.

The movie star has pumped his own cash into the community and took US newswoman DIANE SAWYER with him on his recent trip back, which was filmed for TV news show PRIMETIME LIVE.

While walking down one of the makeshift streets in the shanty town on the show, which aired last night (07JUN05), kids ran up to greet their American hero, unaware of his superstar status and started chanting 'Dabbo'.

He explained, "The last time I came here, they kept thinking I was saying 'Bread', and dabbo means bread."

Pitt visited locals he has befriended, including two orphaned sisters desperately trying to fund their education and a woman who was dying of AIDS and tuberculosis in a tiny hut, while her daughter watched on helpless.

And he also took time to point out that it only costs $16 (GBP8.45) to fund a child's tuition for a year in Ethiopia - "that's uniform and books".

The news special also featured a Pitt tribute from rocker BONO, who first encouraged the movie star to get personally involved in the effort to help struggling kids in Africa and raise awareness of the country's crippling AIDS, poverty and starvation problems.

Bono said, "Brad Pitt is an extraordinary man. He's a gigantic movie star but he's very modest... He said, 'I'd love to go to Africa.' People say things to you but they don't follow through. He's following through."

In an interview accompanying the Primetime Live footage, Pitt admitted he has taken life in America for granted for far too long and now feels compelled to help Africans.

He explained, "I try to picture what the evenings are like there and I can't fathom it."

In the news special, the movie star also spent time with African prostitutes, who constantly dice with death for just $2.50 (GBP1.35) a time.

He asked Sawyer, "Is that with or without the contraception?"

08/06/2005 09:16

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Thank you for your very kind and generous donation for Ethiopian.
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Dear Mr. Pitts:I am very proud to see you take a stand to help stamp out hunger in Ethiopia. It is not often some one of your status contribute themselves to such an effort. May God continue to shower you with his blessings. The company I worked for opened three soup kitchens that feeds 368 children daily and has a house in Addai Ababa where it housed 16 children. The soup kitchens are located in Bahir Dar, Lalibella and Tiss Abai. We would love to partner with you and your efforts to ensure every person in Ethiopia will eventually be able to eat at least one meal a day.I go over to Ethiopia every two months. My next trip is planned for July. However, with the current issues in Ethiopia, I may have to delay my next trip until August or September. It would be an honor to work with you. My phone number is 404-284-8944. My email address is milvirg1@bellsouth.net. The web site of the company is rccnethiopia.comThank you,Milphew Wilson, Jr.
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I was very impressed with humility shown here by Brad. I have long wished to help those in Africa.However it is very hard to find a way in which I could be of assistance.Brad mentioned a up coming talk of some sort that Presedent Bush would soon be attending & how we could let him know we want to increase the amount of aid givien to help theses pepole. Now I can not seem to find out how to do this or how to get more involved.I'd just like to say keep up the good work.Please let me know how to help!
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Dear Mr. Pitt,Thank you very much for all your wonderful efforts to help the needy in Addis, Ethiopia. I am really really touched. I cannot thank you enough. May God protect you! As you have made so many Ethiopians happy, especially the kids who affectionately call you 'Dabbo', may God also give you health and happiness! Do keep up your good work. When you can, please also do not forget to show to the world that Ethiopia has many beautiful things to offer the world too.Be blessed!
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I HAVE MUCH TO SAY BUT THANK YOU
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