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9/13/2013 (1 year ago)

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Man has no birth certificate, but says he remembers Italy's invasion in 1895

There's no official documentation, but a retired Ethiopian farmer claims to be a staggering 160 years old. The retired farmer has no birth certificate to back up this astonishing claim, but he says he recalls Italy's invasion of his country way back to the 19th century, in 1895.

Dhagabo Ebba provided so much detail on the history of his local area that reporter Mohammed Ademo became convinced that Ebba must be at least 160 years old.

Dhagabo Ebba provided so much detail on the history of his local area that reporter Mohammed Ademo became convinced that Ebba must be at least 160 years old.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

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9/13/2013 (1 year ago)

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Keywords: Ethiopia, longevity, oldest human being, Dhaqabo Ebba


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The world's oldest living human being today is 115-year-old Misao Okawa from Japan. If Ethiopia's Dhaqabo Ebba claim is indeed true, he's far ahead of Okawa - and all legally recorded human births. This would make Ebba 46 years older than the oldest ever recorded man.

Ebba provided so much detail on the history of his local area that reporter Mohammed Ademo became convinced that Ebba must be at least 160 years old. Ademo made that statement on Oromiya TV.
 
"When Italy invaded Ethiopia I had two wives,and my son was old enough to herd cattle," Ebba said.

Ebba then recounted his eight-day horseback rides to Addis Ababa as a child, which is a journey that takes only a few hours today.

Ebba, having grown up in an oral society, there are no paper trails and no living witnesses to verify his age.

Ebba would also overtake French woman Jeanne Calment as the oldest person to have ever lived. Calment claimed to have remembered painter Vincent Van Gogh in her native village. Calment also lived a rarefied existence, having never worked a day in her life. She died aged 122 years and 164 days in 1997.

The last man confirmed to have lived in the 19th century was Jiroemon Kimura, who was born in Japan on April 19, 1897. He died in June this year at the age of 116, making him the longest-living man in history.

From Kyotango, Japan, Kimura left behind seven children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Japan has more than 50,000 centenarians, reinforcing its reputation for longevity.

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