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In defence of Dire Dawa (a photo manifesto)

February 2, 2011

In my Bradt Guide to Ethiopia, Philip Briggs describes Dire Dawa as dirty, claustrophobic and devoid of interest, and recommends to avoid.

To this I reply:

dire dawa street bajaj 3

dire dawa town shop

dire dawa shop man coca cola

dire dawa street bajaj 2

dire dawa coal bundles market

dire dawa river bed wadi

dire dawa children boys

dire dawa bicycle wall

dire dawa children boydire dawa town market nightdire dawa market nightdire dawa house goatdire dawa children girldire dawa cart coca coladire dawa building door 2dire dawa town bajajdire dawa mobile phone shopdire dawa river man

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2011 4:37 PM

    Oh my! Such vibrancy and affection in those pictures!

    So powerful to be able to respond to a critic without the need for words. Guide books, sometimes they’re just so unrepresentative aren’t they?

    • February 8, 2011 6:55 PM

      Thanks fraser! Ah, the power of pictures…
      The bradt guide’s generally been really great, but it’s so short and critical of Dire dawa. yeah, there’s nothing much to ‘see’, but it has to be the most relaxing, picturesque and enchanting city in Ethiopia. i guess being an hour away from one of the holiest cities in islam doesn’t help…

  2. February 3, 2011 8:46 AM

    AMAZING. I love the Bajaj photo – nothin’ like an Ethiopian TukTuk to rebuff the haughty ‘reviews.’ Send this post to Philip and show him what’s what.

    • February 8, 2011 6:56 PM

      thanks ross 🙂 bajaj ftw. maybe a good thing they’re not in addis though…!

  3. Chantel permalink
    February 3, 2011 5:40 PM

    You have convinced me!

  4. March 7, 2011 8:12 PM

    I love DireDawa, and your photos really do it justice

    • March 7, 2011 9:40 PM

      aw thank you so much! i’m so glad someone who knows dire dawa likes my photos 🙂

  5. Egbert permalink
    March 15, 2011 6:44 PM

    Looking pretty Dire

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