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Citizen Journalism, Terrorism

When I was a kid, there were no guards at the school gate, let alone those armed with AK-47s !

by Peter Nacken

Addis ababa — 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. Bu...

Commutes, Urbanism, Terrorism

Morning commute. Mind you, this is not the country side, this is the city center of Ethiopia's capital!

by Peter Nacken

Addis ababa — … to be fair, Addis Ababa is currently under construction … has been for years and no end in sight. This particular spot is know as ‘Mexico Square’ and currently looks more like a crater. They are...

Football, soccer

The highway is my soccer field.

by Peter Nacken

Addis ababa — They are currently building the ‘Ring Road’ around Addis Ababa, in some places it is already up and running, in some for some years now and the asphalt is already getting wobbly. But the ring is not f...


"Julius, do you want to watch some TV with papa?" "Shhh, I am reading" ...

by Peter Nacken

Addis ababa — This might be a good chance to write about our weekends here. There is not really that much to do … after 2 years, we have visited pretty much all out-of-town weekend spots and found them too be mo...

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