Ethiopia has been in war with Eritrea for more than 30 years. The reason is territory claim and independence for Eritrea. There are still some clashes between the countries, even if they have signed a peace treaty.
It's hard to say if the former war was the reason for the bomb blast in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 20, 2008 in Addis Ababa. Three people were killed and four wounded when a bomb exploded. The photo is the wreckage of the minibus hit by the bomb.
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Addis Ababa is a safe place
Addis Ababa is a safe place to be for tourists. I had no problems walking around in the streets there. Even in the night. The locals say Mercato is dangerous, but I felt safe there. No attempt of pick pockets.
Generally the local people were polite against me. I had only one incident when some guys tried to fool me into a fake culture show. It happened in a backstreet close to Bole road.
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PEEING IN PUBLIC
Unfortunately men (and boys) have a very cavalier attitude towards public urination. The first couple of times I watched this somewhat alarming behaviour I thought it was only truly homeless men in Addis Ababa who did this. It’s not. A lot of men do it and they definitely do this in the countryside. They just turn their back on even the busiest roads and go for it. Many toilets in bars and restaurants enforce this odd behaviour. Sometimes they have a urinal just outside the ladies toilet cubicle so they may have to see this twice!
Any of you guys ever thought about going behind the tree/bush 2 meters away?
No. Obviously not.
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Addis Ababa is full of...
Addis Ababa is full of beggars. I personally find it extremely difficult. People will follow you where ever you go to. You just have to move along and although it is hard, ignore them. I once had one guy following me for about 3 hours.
The whole downtown of Addis Ababa is a real mess right now because of the LRT (Light Rail Transport) construction. A combination of tunneling and other infrastructure construction means that roads are closed and no real viable alternatives exist, resulting in gridlock.
This information is accurate at the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014.
One of the toughest things about any trip to Africa, is the hundreds or poor people you will see each day.
The poorest people have no welfare state, so live on the streets. You will see all kinds of ailment, children in rags, babies crying for food.
Some of this is a ploy to get money, but most is genuine.
You can't help them all sadly.
Lonely Planet suggests a trip to Churchill Road to buy meal vouchers, but we could not find the place :(
Hole in the streets
The streets and pavements in the centre of Addis Ababa are dilapidated, and big holes are usual. Be careful where you put your feet.
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