In Kore, the High Cost of Cleaning Up

By / May 2016

“A nearby recycling plant,” Kaela La Farge writes from the slums of Addis Ababa, “promises to employ locals to sort trash. But how long will the work last?”


The Fish in the Clouds

By / March 2016

Rachel Pieh Jones unravels a mystery on the streets of Dire Dawa: “I’m not sure which is more implausible: that fish fall from clouds or that the government could come up with such a creative ruse to pacify a potential conflict.”


Postcard from Awassa

By / August 2015

“Ita��s not a need for speed that brings people to Awassa,” writes Kaela La Farge. “It’s the hippos and the birds and the coffee and the breeze, which is gentle and perpetual.”


Clarity on an Ethiopian Airstrip

By / March 2015

A chicken kept brushing against my feet. There was the smell of spiced butter in the air. I was on a bus headed for the Omo Valley. I had a single bottle of water. I had a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese. I had laughably minimal language skills.


The Space Between

In Ethiopia, a long-distance wedding spotlights the challenge of displacement: “The bride didn’t want her picture taken. She was also, we learned later, very worried about the ceremony.”

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