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Africa

Frenetic pace of Ethiopia’s khat boomtown

The global trade in khat is worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year and in one Ethiopian town daily life centres almost entirely around the drug.

AWADAY — The global trade in khat is worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year and in one Ethiopian town daily life centres almost entirely around the drug. Drive along any road between Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia and you are likely to see pick-up trucks, piled high with bundles of fresh green leaves, hurtling […]

World

Somalia: 20 years of anarchy

saynab Badawi

When you land at the clean, tidy airport in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, you feel you could have arrived in any small African state. The police are courteous and wear freshly-pressed uniforms, the Somaliland flag flutters gently in the hot morning breeze, and you move briskly through the airport security. The taxi you take […]

Africa

Brain gain: African migrants returning home

Africa may still be suffering from a chronic brain drain but some of the continent’s elite are turning their backs on the West and taking their talents back home according to film-maker Andy Jones. The story is as old as the hills. Man leaves village to seek riches in the big city. In recent years, […]

Africa

Ethiopia’s love affair with the rubber stamp

ADDIS ABABA, August 11 2009 (Somalilandpress) – As she prepares to leave Addis Ababa, the BBC’s Elizabeth Blunt reflects on the intense level of officialdom she has encountered in Ethiopia which she believes reveals much about the nature of power and responsibility in Ethiopian society. I had not been in Addis Ababa very long when one […]