Photos of Dire Dawa, in the east of Ethiopia

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Dire Dawa, in Ethiopia's east

Dire Dawa is a chartered city of around 350,000 inhabitants, 55 kilometres north west of Harar. It is a commercial and industrial centre located on the Addis Ababa - Djibouti railroad: there are railroad workshops in the city, a meat processing factory, and vegetable oil, textiles, and cement are also produced here. Dire Dawa was founded in 1902 when the railroad from Djibouti reached the area, and its growth has resulted largely from trade brought by the railroad.

Dire Dawa street
 
Loaded camel
 
Leading a camel
 
Three young boys
 
Dire Dawa streetscene
 
View across the river
 
View from the hill
 
View to Dire Dawa
 
Herding goats
 
Camels, river bed
 
Camel portrait
 
Near the market
 

The city lies on the banks of the Dechatu River, often dry, although floods are quite common in the rainy season, from June to September. A devastating flood in August 2006 killed about 200 people and did huge damage.