Ethiopia

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?”

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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.”

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Postcard from Awassa

By / August 2015

“It’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.”

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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.

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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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