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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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WOW International, PLC Harar Ethiopia
WOW International, PLC Harar Ethiopia
What time is it?
What time is it?
Paintings of haristyles in the Harar Ras Hotel
Paintings of haristyles in the Harar Ras Hotel
Paintings of haristyles in the Harar Ras Hotel
Paintings of haristyles in the Harar Ras Hotel
Paintings of haristyles in the Harar Ras Hotel
Paintings of haristyles in the Harar Ras Hotel
Nothing is wasted ...
Nothing is wasted ...
Old and new, all used
Old and new, all used
Tef, for making Injira
Tef, for making Injira
Winnowing Tef
Winnowing Tef
Chickens for sale
Chickens for sale
The marketplace streets of old Harar
The marketplace streets of old Harar
I bought handmade pillowcases from him
I bought handmade pillowcases from him
Harar commercial painting.
Harar commercial painting.
Kids of  Harar, Ethiopia
Kids of Harar, Ethiopia
Quiet sidestreets of old Harar
Quiet sidestreets of old Harar
Local Museum, Harar
Local Museum, Harar
Second story of museum, Harar
Second story of museum, Harar
Museum house
Museum house
Harar Museum
Harar Museum
Histroic flag, Harar
Histroic flag, Harar
Former leaders of Ethiopia, stencils
Former leaders of Ethiopia, stencils
Former leaders of Ethiopia, stencils
Former leaders of Ethiopia, stencils
Former leaders of Ethiopia, stencils
Former leaders of Ethiopia, stencils
Former leaders of Ethiopia, stencils
Former leaders of Ethiopia, stencils
"Pillows"
"Pillows"
Coffee mill (mortar and pestle)
Coffee mill (mortar and pestle)
Rimbaud's house, Harar
Rimbaud's house, Harar
Rimbaud's house, Harar
Rimbaud's house, Harar
Glass Windows in Rimaud's house, Harar
Glass Windows in Rimaud's house, Harar
Glass Windows in Rimaud's house, Harar
Glass Windows in Rimaud's house, Harar
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IMG_6664.JPG
Glass Windows in Rimaud's house, Harar
Glass Windows in Rimaud's house, Harar
View from Rimaud's house, Harar
View from Rimaud's house, Harar
Old image of Harar Gate
Old image of Harar Gate
Rooftops of Harar, Ethiopia
Rooftops of Harar, Ethiopia
Rooftops of Harar, Ethiopia
Rooftops of Harar, Ethiopia

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