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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

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

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Traditional basketry of Harar
Traditional basketry of Harar
Great use of paint cans, Harar, Ethiopia
Great use of paint cans, Harar, Ethiopia
Narrow passages of Harar, Ethiopia
Narrow passages of Harar, Ethiopia
Karamara Cafe, Harar, Ethiopia
Karamara Cafe, Harar, Ethiopia
Map of the 17 districts of the greater Harar area
Map of the 17 districts of the greater Harar area
Nure Roasted Harrar Coffee
Nure Roasted Harrar Coffee
Examples of really odd roasts
Examples of really odd roasts
Another sign for Nure Coffee
Another sign for Nure Coffee
Old hand-made roasters at Nure
Old hand-made roasters at Nure
The new roaster, a Toper
The new roaster, a Toper
St Mary Catholic Church Harar
St Mary Catholic Church Harar
St Mary Catholic Church Harar
St Mary Catholic Church Harar
Detail of entrance: St Mary Catholic Church Harar
Detail of entrance: St Mary Catholic Church Harar
Detail of entrance: St Mary Catholic Church Harar
Detail of entrance: St Mary Catholic Church Harar
The altar at the St Mary Harar Catholic Mission
The altar at the St Mary Harar Catholic Mission
The Ethiopia Cross
The Ethiopia Cross
High School, Harar Ethiopia
High School, Harar Ethiopia
Bones for the Hyenas
Bones for the Hyenas
Cow horn for Hyenas: Harar Meat Market
Cow horn for Hyenas: Harar Meat Market
High Fashion, Harar Style
High Fashion, Harar Style
Great Hair Salon Photo #265
Great Hair Salon Photo #265
The gold watch you always wanted...
The gold watch you always wanted...
The big suit
The big suit
The good things in life
The good things in life
Ras Terfari, aka Haile Sellasie.
Ras Terfari, aka Haile Sellasie.
Classic Peugot 404
Classic Peugot 404
The big bee...
The big bee...
Coffee Shop along the boulevard.
Coffee Shop along the boulevard.
Abdul Ahmed: Your Tour Guide in Harar
Abdul Ahmed: Your Tour Guide in Harar
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make animated gif?
make animated gif?
make animated gif?
The Hyena Conga Line.
The Hyena Conga Line.
Hyena pack of Harar
Hyena pack of Harar
Hyena pack of Harar
Hyena pack of Harar
Hyena pack of Harar
Hyena pack of Harar
Hyena man of Harar
Hyena man of Harar

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