Yes, this guy on the right is armed with an automatic rifle! In front of my son’t school!
Background is that ever since the attacks in Kenya (Westgate Mall), people have grown fearful. And just a few weeks ago, 2 bomb makers here in the capital city blew themselves up (by accident, no one said bomb makers are smart) before they were able to smuggle the bomb into a fully packed soccer stadium.
But just 2 weeks ago there was official news that the security alert level for the country is being raised to the maximum level and since then you get a pat down when you enter the supermarket, rigorous ID checks at places where you have an ID (school, office) and metal detectors you walk through when you want to get into a restaurant!
And seriously armed guards at the international school.
It is sad, but sure enough, I want the kids to be safe. You never know what soft target radical terrorists might use to get the most media attention.
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Time to move on ...
The end of the year is nigh ...
The highway is my soccer field.
Meanwhile ... And this is the pre-construction traffic!
To acclimatize to Addis one must first learn to give up control. Failure to do so may result in a total loss of sanity.
Morning commute. Mind you, this is not the country side, this is the city center of Ethiopia's capital!
"Julius, do you want to watch some TV with papa?" "Shhh, I am reading" ...
Here comes the flood ... Local school kids on their way home.