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Ethiopia, April 2019

Harar

The historic city of Harar is located in east Ethiopia at an Elevation of 1,885 metres (6,184 ft). It is on a hilltop in the eastern extension of the Ethiopian Highlands, approximately 500 kilometres from the national capital Addis Ababa. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Harar is enclosed by the jugol, a defensive wall, which is now surrounded by New Harar, a lively city. Harar is sometimes known in Arabic as “the City of Saints” According to UNESCO, it is “considered ‘the fourth holy city’ of Islam” with 82 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century, and 102 shrines.

Thursday, 11th April 2019

Tony outside the doorway to a house in the Old City. The walls are painted bright green.Tony outside the doorway to a house in the Old City. The walls are painted bright green.

Tony outside another house. The metal door is painted grey and green.Tony outside another house. The metal door is painted grey and green.

Brother Tony and brother Aja in a narrow cobbled street near to one of the mosques.Brother Tony and brother Aja in a narrow cobbled street near to one of the mosques.

A colourful narrow street. The walls of the houses are painted once a year during Ramadan.A colourful narrow street. The walls of the houses are painted once a year during Ramadan.

Another part of the colourful streetAnother part of the colourful street.

Decoration on the side of a house. A pattern of lines is painted in blue, cream and black.Decoration on the side of a house. A pattern of lines is painted in blue, cream and black.

Tony on steps outside the Arthur Rimbaud Museum. Arthur Rimbaud was a 19th century French poet and writer who lived in Harar between 1881 and 1891.Tony on steps outside the Arthur Rimbaud Museum. Arthur Rimbaud was a 19th century French poet and writer who lived in Harar between 1881 and 1891.

Tony making his way along a local maze street.Tony making his way along a local maze street.

Two local women and three children walking along a street.Two local women and three children walking along a street.

Lovely streetLovely street. Tony passing a small stall at the side of the street.

Market in front of shewa. Tony in the foreground.Market in front of shewa. Tony in the foreground.

Tony outside a mosque.Tony outside a mosque.

Tony near to the big market.Tony near to the big market.

Narrow street in the Old City. A woman passing by carrying a sack on her head. Also a man selling clothes at the side of the street.Narrow street in the Old City. A woman passing by carrying a sack on her head. Also a man selling clothes at the side of the street.

Tony in Mekina Girgir, a street famous for its tailors.Tony in Mekina Girgir, a street famous for its tailors.

Tony walking along a narrow street.Tony walking along a narrow street.

Tony outside the Sherif Harar City Museum. The house is believed to have hosted the honeymoon of Haile Selassie and his wife Menen Asfaw, hence the house is also known as Ras Tafari's House, which is Haile Selassie's pre-coronation name.  Haile Selassie was regent of Ethiopia from 1916 to 1930 and emperor from 1930 to 1974. Tony outside the Sherif Harar City Museum. The house is believed to have hosted the honeymoon of Haile Selassie and his wife Menen Asfaw, hence the house is also known as Ras Tafari’s House, which is Haile Selassie’s pre-coronation name. Haile Selassie was regent of Ethiopia from 1916 to 1930 and emperor from 1930 to 1974.

Tony outside the green dome-shaped Tomb of Emir Nur, 41st King of Harar. Emir Nur built the city walls in 1551.Tony outside the green dome-shaped Tomb of Emir Nur, 41st King of Harar. Emir Nur built the city walls in 1551.

Tony met  a man near to the museum who saw him before on the BBC and wanted to take him to his shop full of brightly coloured silks. Tony touching a silk sheet.Tony met a man near to the museum who saw him before on the BBC and wanted to take him to his shop full of brightly coloured silks. Tony touching a silk sheet.

Tony and his new friend Wehibe in the silk shop.Tony and his new friend Wehibe in the silk shop.

Tony at a Women’s Association where they make baskets. A collection of baskets can be seen on the wall behind.Tony at a Women’s Association where they make baskets. A collection of baskets can be seen on the wall behind.

More baskets at the Women's Association.More baskets at the Women’s Association.

Tony walking to the museum of ArthusTony walking to the museum of Arthus.

Tony walking along a narrow street.Tony walking along a narrow street.

A very narrow street in Harar known as 'Peacemaker Alley'A very narrow street in Harar known as ‘Peacemaker Alley’.

Tony walking along narrow 'Peacemaker Alley' touching the walls at both sides.Tony walking along narrow ‘Peacemaker Alley’ touching the walls at both sides.

Addis Ababa

Capital of Ethiopia.

Sunday, 21st April 2019

Tony and Happy, a local Ethiopian guy he stayed with in Addis Ababa. Taken inside Capital Hotel in downtown Addis Ababa.

Tony and Happy.

Tony signing a silk sheet belonging to Happy. All of his guests sign it with a message of thanks or something meaningful.Tony signing a silk sheet belonging to Happy. All of his guests sign it with a message of thanks or something meaningful.

Close-up view of the silk sheet.Close-up view of the silk sheet.