Ethiopia, April-May 2012:

Harar

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Harar was founded during the 16rh century by a local emir, Abu Bakr. It lies in a fertile agriculture area, where the main cultures are khat, coffee, and mangoes. It is the main center of Ethiopia′s Muslim population and some Muslims consider it as the 4th-holiest city in the world. It is said to have the largest density of mosques of any city in the world. However, most are small, and none has a distinguished architecture. In fact, Harar does not boast any impressive building. Instead, it is a dense and large maze of small, atmospheric streets enclosed by a 5m wall with 7 gates. For centuries it has been a major trade center and a meeting point for people from Africa, the Arabic peninsula, and South Asia. I spent several days watching the flow of amazing colorful people (especially women) strolling through Harar′s market streets.

 

 

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Khat market

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Khat market

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Small streets in Harar maze

Harari house (entrance of reception room)

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Harari house (reception room)

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Hyena feeding

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Children in Koremi

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Bee hive near Babile

Scenery around Harar


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