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    While UNESCO is re-erecting the Obelisk, there is still a UN peacekeeping force in Aksum. They have been here since 2000, to observe and support the peace process. They are just a two doctors, and a crew for the aircraft. But nothing is happening and they are really bored.

    Once I was also bored, I went to a bar, saw two Arabs, they were the UN military doctors, from Jordan. I was so happy, and they were so happy. We started to chat and play chess, smoking a chicha. I never smoke chicha but that night was great. "Here come the Arabs!" said the second doctor, we laughed because we knew it was not true but at the end we were also captive of ethnic racist factionalist labels. We were laughing on the absurd of our situation.

    It's a strange fact, military doctors needs victims of war to be busy... and happy, they should have been happy to have nothing to do. Anyway few weeks later they had a bit of movement and action, the Eritrean authorities decided to get rid of the UN troops refusing to deliver oil. Eritreans grouped soldiers on the border, Ethiopians also started to group troops, a UN inspection truck exploded on a landmine. I don't know if my friends were happy or not, at least they had been busy.

    Meanwhile the UNESCO is re-erecting the Obelisk in order to promote peace and the dialogue of civilisations... This is a desesperate endless story of absurd wars in places who need everything but wars (with conflicts, the authorites look like to be acting for the country).

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    Kaja Þrastardóttir, guuleed, davaca, and 42 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. *bradford* 70 months ago | reply

      beautiful work and again, your commentary tells many stories.

    2. 7seconds Admin 70 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called www.flickr.com/groups/762773@N23/, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    3. Paul Barnett UK / Brazil 68 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Artists Against Corruption, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    4. marcellucray 68 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called worldlightning, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      ........great smile.....................

    5. David Kemp Photography 67 months ago | reply

      Great portrait work!

    6. maghin 67 months ago | reply

      lovely portrait

    7. ethernity77 66 months ago | reply

      Wonderfull Eyes! And wonderfull words. Nice work

    8. Maurizio Casadei 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Fotografi senza frontiere, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    9. Luigi FIENI 61 months ago | reply

      great Portrait!!!

    10. ojos para volar 61 months ago | reply

      I like his eyes!! Are Wonderfull !!

    11. louisa_catlover 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Human Faces: Fascinating Just the Way We Are, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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      Seen in the group"East Africa: People & Landscapes" (?²ˣ)

    12. kentclark333 59 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Human-Interest, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. Caméraboy 59 months ago | reply

      cΘoΘL portrait!

    14. naderiousy "gone" [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

      I call this one my favorite

    15. Eduardo Loureiro 56 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Against Rights, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. T U R K A I R O 54 months ago | reply

      thanks everybody

    17. travelagendanl 35 months ago | reply

      Hello!

      Just wanted to let you know that we used your photo in an article on our Dutch travel community www.travelagenda.nl. Of course a link back to your photo is included.
      You can find your photo and the article here:
      www.travelagenda.nl/nieuws/koffietijdkiekjes/koffietijd-k...

      Thanks for sharing your great photo!

      Travelagenda

    18. Dario.b 32 months ago | reply

      Hi !
      I just wanted to let you know that I used your picture for my website !
      The attribution appears when the mouse goes over the text and clicking on the picture leads directly to this page.

      Here's the link: www.poverties.org/ethiopia-famine.html

      Many thanks!
      Dario

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