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  • Ethiopian migrant run down in Calais as hundreds return to port town

    An Ethiopian man has died after being hit by a lorry near Calais as hundreds of migrants desperate to reach Britain return to the French port three months after the “Jungle” camp was bulldozed.

    The 20-year-old, killed on a motorway leading to the port on Saturday, was the first migrant known to have died in an apparent attempt to board a UK-bound vehicle in the area since Europe’s largest migrants’ camp was razed in October.

    As many as 50 migrants are estimated to be arriving in Calais each day, Frédéric Baland, a police union spokesman, said. About 400 are now in the area, according to aid workers and local sources.

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  • The five best restaurants in Addis Ababa - Lonely Planet

    One of the best things about Ethiopian food is that no other cuisine in the world is quite like it. Traditional cooking here blends unique combinations of spices to create distinct flavours: some hot, some savoury. Spices are the key ingredients for many types of Ethiopian wat (a dish somewhere between a stew and a curry) that are eaten with flat, spongy bread called injera.

    Ethiopian restaurants can be found the world over, but none compare with the food made in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s sprawling capital. Vegetables are locally sourced, and the meat typically comes from freshly killed animals. Nothing here is mass produced, and every dish is made fresh to order. Addis Ababa is the best place in the country to try Ethiopian food, and these are five of the top restaurants where you can dig into the local scene.

    Oda Cultural Restaurant and Cafe

    Inside the Oromo Cultural Center is the Oda Restaurant and Cafe, which you might recognise from Anthony Bourdain’s Ethiopia visit on No Reservations. The Oromo are one of the largest ethnic groups in eastern Africa, and the Center’s restaurant showcases the best of Oromo culture. The hall is furnished with pinewood-carved furniture and curtains made of traditional fabric. Injera made of tikur teff (a black grain about the size of a poppy seed considered to be more nutritious than the more refined white teff), spiced butter and beso (roasted and ground barley) are at the heart of Oromo cuisine. Chumbo is prepared with black teff baked thick and yoghurt, cheese, and spiced butter spilled on top so that it looks like cake. Buna qalaa (roasted coffee dipped in butter) is a cultural snack that gives coffee deeper flavours. The Oromo Cultural Center is near the National Stadium.

    Puagmea African Restaurant

    Addis Ababa is the diplomatic capital of the Africa, so every country on the landmass is represented here. To sample cuisine from all over the continent without travelling too far, head to Puagmea African Restaurant. Located near the Bole International Airport behind the DHGeda Tower, Puagmea is decked out with paintings, traditional chairs and the coffee ceremony décor typical to Ethiopia. Among the dishes on the menu are ugali (a staple of the Great Lakes region made of millet, corn or sorghum boiled into a sticky porridge) and nyama choma (a Kenyan dish of grilled bone-in lamb, chicken or Nile perch fish). Live music is also on the table with DJs on Thursday nights and jazz on Saturday evenings.

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  • For Ethiopian expats, UAE is a land of great opportunities

    As you walk into the Ethiopian restaurant Al Habasha, Hor Al Anz, you are ushered into a friendly atmosphere of people chatting and relishing authentic Ethiopian cuisine. The setup is modern, yet has local cultural elements to make an expat feel at home. The owner, Sara Aradi, an Ethiopian expat living in Dubai for the past 25 years, is today a successful entrepreneur with nine branches of the restaurant spread across the UAE.

    Sara opened up her first restaurant in Deira 18 years back and it soon became a hanging out place for the community to come together. "Earlier, there was no embassy or counsellor for the Ethiopian community in Dubai - our restaurant was the place to meet and discuss community issues, marriages, meet ups, and celebrate festivities," she shares. "If you work hard and follow the rules - you will find success in the region. The country allows expats to set up their businesses and grow. Plus, one receives ample support from the government. I became an entrepreneur here."

    Afendi Muteki, an ethnographic researcher and author, was recently in Dubai for a short trip and is now planning to relocate to the region. "I had come to Dubai to visit my wife, who resides here. I explored the Emirates and visited Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Ajman. Everything about the land pleased me - sophisticated infrastructure, up-to-date technology, and the hospitality of the people. I've made up my mind to make Dubai my home - a comfortable and modern home."

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  • South Sudan Nuers in Ethiopia select electoral board

    As exiled South Sudan Nuers prepare to conduct general election, the Nuer Youth Union in Ethiopia on Friday disclosed that it has selected an electoral board tasked to facilitate the General election.

    The Addis Ababa based Union has also appointed Kun Puok Riek, as the chairperson of the electoral commission.

    Leaders of the electoral board told Sudan Tribune that the 16 committees withdrawn from the so-known Greaters four sub-community namely Pangak, Akoba, Bentiu and Nasir counties have elected Riek as chairperson of the electoral commission to head and access all the process of General election.

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  • Recycling army in Ethiopian capital fear livelihoods at risk as city modernizes

    Every morning as Addis Ababa wakes up, thousands of men roam the city streets collecting all kinds of recyclable waste, from plastic and clothing to fridges and electrics.

    By sundown these men, known as Quralews after their morning refrain calling out for scrap metal, make their way to Minalesh Terra, a highly-organised section of Merkato, the largest open-air marketplace in the Ethiopian capital.

    Here craftsmen transform these discarded materials into an array of new goods - from stoves and furniture to household appliances and religious items - for re-sale in city stores, eventually reaching households in Ethiopia's nine regions.

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