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U.S. Citizens Warned Against Travel to Gondar after Grenade Attacks

“There had been four grenade blasts this month in Gondar”

Stay Away. The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa warned citizens of the dangers of travelling to Gondar where a series of grenade attack have been reported in recent weeks.

BY AFP

The United States issued a warning Thursday to its citizens about travelling to a popular tourist region in Ethiopia after a string of grenade attacks targeting hotels and homes.

The US embassy in Addis Ababa said there had been four grenade blasts this month in Gondar, a city in the north known for its ancient castles. Continue reading U.S. Citizens Warned Against Travel to Gondar after Grenade Attacks

Ethnic Tensions in Gondar Reflect the Toxic Nature of Ethiopian Politics

From uneven development to authoritarian government, the morass of issues facing the city of Gondar offer a snapshot of Ethiopia’s wider problems

Gondar’s predicament is a microcosm of Ethiopia’s: a toxic brew of uneven development, polarised debate amid a virtual media vacuum, contested history, ethnic tensions, a fragmented opposition and an authoritarian government. (Photo: William Davison)

By William Davidson | Bloomberg,

In Gondar, a city in Ethiopia’s northern highlands, a lone tourist pauses to take a photo of a fortress built more than two centuries ago. Nearby, past a row of gift shops, lies the wreck of a coach torched during unrest in August.

Gondar, known as “Africa’s Camelot”, was once the centre of the Ethiopian empire – at a time when that empire was defined mainly by Amhara traditions. Continue reading Ethnic Tensions in Gondar Reflect the Toxic Nature of Ethiopian Politics