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 northwest 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 mainly 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.