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But getting them to talk on camera was another matter as in general residents of the city are reticent and keep their views to themselves.
We were filming in Addis Ababa for a programme charting the changes in the country, yet it was only on the flight back to South Africa that I met an Ethiopian willing to be candid.
I found myself seated next to an inquisitive elderly Ethiopian woman, who was chatty despite the early morning departure. However, she was not so open as to be willing for me to mention her name here.
She wore a green twin-set, leggings and woollen socks with her loafers. After the rigorous security checks, she took the socks off, saying she only wears them to keep her feet clean at the end of the security protocols. She reminded me a bit of my mother, both caring and bossy all in one person.
During the flight, she cut me a portion of her fruit and insisted that I eat every morsel; her stern gaze suggested that I had no choice.
She was proud of the manner in which Nigerians had used their vote to make a strong statement about their government. I replied that perhaps if Ethiopians have strong views about the ruling party — the EPRDF, in power since — then they could also do the same when elections are held in May. My neighbour dispelled that notion very quickly and whispered that she believes the result is a foregone conclusion.
She smirked and told me to open my eyes wider during my next visit. Beggars I was urged to investigate the economic statistics.
She reminded me of the beggars who are on the streets of Addis Ababa.
Then I recalled our filming around the city. There is a clear image of frantic construction taking place, with a monorail, new roads and apartment blocks all being built.
Get the latest African news from BBC News in Africa: breaking news, features, analysis and special reports plus audio and video from across the African continent. Ethiopia ex-rebel to work. Summary. State security forces in Ethiopia have used excessive and lethal force against largely peaceful protests that have swept through Oromia, the country’s largest region, since November በጋምቤላ በኩል በህገወጥ መንገድ የገባ 50 ክላሽንኮቭ መሳሪያ ደብረ ብርሃን ላይ በቁጥጥር ስር ዋለ.
But I also noticed that many of the buildings are empty. I asked my new friend why she thought this was. She reckons the Ethiopian middle-class cannot afford the rents, and that professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, have resorted to using parts of their home as consulting rooms, because they cannot pay for office space.
She answers simply that it is about the prestige.Two decades have passed since two of Africa's poorest countries began the continent's deadliest border war. The conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia left tens of thousands dead or injured in the. Current issues dealing with the government and political situation in Ethiopia, as well as human rights, freedom of the press and the future of Ethiopia and its people.
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If the new phones do catch on, they should be good business for Nokia. This article covers the prehistory and history of Ethiopia from emergence as an empire under the Aksumites to its current form as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia as well as the history of other areas in what is now Ethiopia such as the Afar grupobittia.com Ethiopian Empire (Abyssinia) was first founded by Ethiopian people in the Ethiopian Highlands.
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Jan 13, · The additional African languages will be Afaan Oromo and Amharic, spoken in Ethiopia and other countries, Tigrinya, the main language of Eritrea. Ethiopia: BBC World News to Broadcast in Amharic, Afaan Oromo and Tigrinya.
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