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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 coffee 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

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Patients at Chiro Hospital
Patients at Chiro Hospital
Where a path is needed
Where a path is needed
The new bulding is much improved
The new bulding is much improved
Nurses at Chiro, Christian and Muslim
Nurses at Chiro, Christian and Muslim
Coffee Trees at the hospital.
Coffee Trees at the hospital.
Hanging legs ...
Hanging legs ...
Malnutrition
Malnutrition
Hyena attack victim
Hyena attack victim
Hyena attack victim
Hyena attack victim
Malnutrition
Malnutrition
Excavating for the dry toilet project
Excavating for the dry toilet project
The building that coffee built.
The building that coffee built.
Toilet buckets for patients
Toilet buckets for patients
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IMG_6177.JPG
Take my picture No. 28
Take my picture No. 28
Abdirasid and Dr. Mohammed Yousef
Abdirasid and Dr. Mohammed Yousef
Abdirasid and Dr. Mohammed
Abdirasid and Dr. Mohammed
Other sources of funding
Other sources of funding
The medical library
The medical library
Not a lot of volumes...
Not a lot of volumes...
Dry toilet for old building
Dry toilet for old building
Pharmacist
Pharmacist
A death
A death
Onion stand ...
Onion stand ...
Fly girl
Fly girl
Pretty girl, not a pretty picture...
Pretty girl, not a pretty picture...
Older sister...
Older sister...
Playing in the dirt...
Playing in the dirt...
Oromo houses on the roadway
Oromo houses on the roadway
Mesela, Messla.
Mesela, Messla.
A soccer ball finds a home
A soccer ball finds a home
Coffee warehouse in Hirna
Coffee warehouse in Hirna
Typical countryside view
Typical countryside view
Chat, Corn, Coffee
Chat, Corn, Coffee
Iradescent Bluebirds
Iradescent Bluebirds
Oromo House
Oromo House

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