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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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Father Yohannes Haile
Father Yohannes Haile
Father Endrias Woldtensaie
Father Endrias Woldtensaie
Resting Hyena at the nightly feeding
Resting Hyena at the nightly feeding
Hyena pack of Harar, Ethiopia
Hyena pack of Harar, Ethiopia
Do I look comfortable?
Do I look comfortable?
The good sister feeds the Hyena
The good sister feeds the Hyena
Hyenas of Harar
Hyenas of Harar
UFO? UFE
UFO? UFE
A favorite sign
A favorite sign
Great Hair Salon Photo #347
Great Hair Salon Photo #347
Mosquito and malaria
Mosquito and malaria
Ras Hotel in Harar
Ras Hotel in Harar
Porch of the Ras hotel in Harar
Porch of the Ras hotel in Harar
Shell casings cum ashtrays
Shell casings cum ashtrays
Water restrictions
Water restrictions
Chat market
Chat market
Peugot power no 1
Peugot power no 1
Empties, I think...
Empties, I think...
Camels in the market
Camels in the market
Laundry on the rocks
Laundry on the rocks
Giant Saint George
Giant Saint George
Harar hair cut - the BEFORE picture.
Harar hair cut - the BEFORE picture.
Truly, a haircut butchery
Truly, a haircut butchery
Dire Dawa emergency Hair cut - After.
Dire Dawa emergency Hair cut - After.
They fixed my hair...
They fixed my hair...
1970 Beige Bug
1970 Beige Bug
Dogs of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Dogs of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Green Gold, Dire Dawa
Green Gold, Dire Dawa
Dogs of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Dogs of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Famous Harar Train Station
Famous Harar Train Station
Monkey sighting, at the airport
Monkey sighting, at the airport

 

Hand Sorting Coffee in Dire Dawa:

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