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Ethiopia-Dire Dawa-Harar

I traveled a la carte (i.e. without a group, thankfully) to Eastern Ethiopia to meet up with the Ogsadey family. You know them as the Harar Horse exporter, who has had a strong relationship with Royal Coffee importers for many years. They offer some of the best Harar coffees, and have a mill in Dire Dawa where they do extra cleaning and hand-sorting of all lots. The central person in the MAO business is Abdirasid Ogsadey, a cousin of the patriarch Mohammed Abdullah Ogsadey, who passed away several years ago at the ripe age of ... well, nobody can quite agree. The sons of Mohammed Sr. are Abdullahi and Ledon Ogsadey, who mainly works with the trucking side of the business. Dire Dawa is on the rail line, and is the hub for coffee trading and transport to the sea containers of Djibouti. Harar city has no coffee trade, but the greater region of Harar, called Hararghe, is where all the co ffee is grown that we call Harar. I learned a lot on my trip, and am indebted to my hosts, who had just started fasting for Ramadan and were miraculously able to drive around with me far and wide. I spent a time in historic Harar city alone, to give them a break. -Tom, September 2008

Note: Many of the images have descriptive captions ... click on them to view the larger image and the captions.

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Coffee Sample Roaster Training in Dire Dawa
Coffee Sample Roaster Training in Dire Dawa
Thunderstorms of E. Ethiopia
Thunderstorms of E. Ethiopia
Sunrise, headed to Hararghe
Sunrise, headed to Hararghe
Huge Ethiopian Euphorbia trees
Huge Ethiopian Euphorbia trees
Kersa Town, Hararghe
Kersa Town, Hararghe
Typical Hararghe peds
Typical Hararghe peds
Typical Shops
Typical Shops
Roadside accident.
Roadside accident.
Donations Welcome
Donations Welcome
Hararghe Countryside
Hararghe Countryside
Typical homes, typical crops
Typical homes, typical crops
Hirna town, Hararghe region
Hirna town, Hararghe region
Another use for aid cans
Another use for aid cans
The lite version ...
The lite version ...
Hirna coffee warehouse
Hirna coffee warehouse
Rustic chairs
Rustic chairs
Incredible Ethiopian Honey
Incredible Ethiopian Honey
Ethiopia Kitty
Ethiopia Kitty
Typica Longberry Harar coffee plant
Typica Longberry Harar coffee plant
Ogsadey seat covers
Ogsadey seat covers
Even in Ethiopia
Even in Ethiopia
Road to Addis
Road to Addis
Chiro Hospital (Ciroo, Asebe Tefari)
Chiro Hospital (Ciroo, Asebe Tefari)
A patient at Chiro Hospital
A patient at Chiro Hospital
Triage area at Chiro Hospital
Triage area at Chiro Hospital
"Beware of Pickpockets"
"Beware of Pickpockets"
The old building at Chiro Hospital.
The old building at Chiro Hospital.
The testing room
The testing room
Hospital Dogma
Hospital Dogma
Beds in the old ward
Beds in the old ward
Young patient at Chiro Hospital.
Young patient at Chiro Hospital.
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Nurses at Chiro Hospital
Nurses at Chiro Hospital
Nurse at Chiro Hospital
Nurse at Chiro Hospital
Royal Coffee's anesthesia machine
Royal Coffee's anesthesia machine
New Surgical Table
New Surgical Table

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