7 January 2013

Ethiopia: Deadly Journey

The cattle market operates in somewhat the same way as other agricultural markets.

Khat, vegetables, and cereals make their way to Addis Abeba daily, loaded on numerous trucks from farms and markets around the country. The big cattle markets in Addis Abeba, including the one at Kera and another one beyond Kotebe in Yeka District, are flooded with cattle from towns and villages near Addis Abeba as well as places farther away such as Harar, Jimma, Wolayta Sodo, Arba Minch, Wolega, and Wollo.

Most arrive in Addis Abeba on Isuzu trucks that carry up to 12 cattle. The others, as seen in the picture, are butting heads, while precariously close to the edge of a cliff. These cattle travel as far as 20Km to reach their final destination, a journey which can take up to three days.

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