The Logo Comes to Town
Takaling, Ermias, Ngusse and Zmadkun have been walking uphill for an hour to enjoy the view on their city. After posing with DW’s new logo, they took a cab to get back again. You can’t see much of the big town that lies below these mountains. But can you guess where we are?
Coffee And Teff
I am back to the countryside again after enjoying city-life in Bahir Dar. Farmers are currently bringing in the teff, the traditional Ethiopian grain, as well as coffee beans. Have a look!
A Mile With… Zelaum, The Shop Assistant
Zelaum Posiba works part time as assistant in his sister’s dress shop in Bahir Dar. He is also a literature student and a faithful listener of DW’s Amharic Radio Service.
A Mile With… Assefa, The Stadium Builder
Assefa Mekonnen is a manager at the government of the Amhara Region in northwest Ethiopia. He showed me around the construction site of the regional government’s prestige project: a new stadium in the region’s capital Bahir Dar seating 50.000 people. Assefa is enthusiastic about the stadium that is supposed to open in 2013 – he hopes for big football teams to play here after inauguration. He told me that in the first construction phase, the region has spent 400 million Ethiopian Birr (about 18 million Euros) on the project.
In Bahir Dar, I saw many more construction sites telling of the country’s economic growth which the government predicts to be at 11 percent this year. Yet, some critics say that the Ethiopian boom is based too much on borrowing money and investment focused too much on prestige projects. For me, the construction sites and the vibrant city of Bahir Dar provided a stark contrast to the subsistence farming I saw along the way in rural northwest Ethiopia.
A Mile With… Tadesse, the Graduate
It’s a big day for Tadesse in Gondar today. She has just graduated from university and has big plans for the future. Unfortunately, our conversation was rather short – I do not speak Amharic at all and her English was a little limited. Yet, I could really feel her excitement!