by Christian Leuner
Ahmedin Idris, physician, initiator and co-chairman of the German Development Aid Association for Ethiopia, has been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for special services in the field of development aid. The Order of Merit is the highest award given by the Federal Republic for services to the common good.
The award was presented on Oct. 10, 2019, and could not be handed over until Oct. 29, 2021, in a ceremony at the district office in Schwelm because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This ceremony was attended by the family and members of the association Etiopia-Witten.
It was followed by a great festivity for the members, friends and supporters of Etiopia-Witten assoc. family and family friends of Ahmedin. Many Ethiopian and Eritrean friends were among these.