Street kid in Harar - Hipstamatic - Ethiopia
Girl in the old town of Harar. Her brother was grinding some fresh meat, perhaps the one i ate in my spaghettis in the Ras Hotel...
For those who'll have the chance to go to Harar next time, forget the hotels, a shame, and go in the guest houses in the old town, clean, cheap, and with an automatic wake up at 5 with the 100 mosques around!
Harar (or Harrar or Harer) is an eastern city in Ethiopia. The city is located on a hilltop at 1885 meters.
For centuries, Harar has been a major commercial centre, linked by the trade routes with the rest of Ethiopia, the Horn of Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula.
Harar Jugol has been listed in the World Heritage by UNESCO. It is "considered 'the fourth holy city' of Islam" with nearly 100 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century.
Harar is also famous for its coffees and the french poet Arthur Rimabud wholived there.
The city is protected by a huge wall, and only few gates allowed people to enter. Nowadays, no more doors, just the Wall!
© Eric Lafforgue