Ship of the desert

The camel is for North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula what for the Americas is the horse. In the little village of Babile outside of Harar in Ethiopia the Somali farmers trade their camels once a week. Most are sold for meat. The prices range between 500 and 5000$. The scene probably has not changed considerably since Richard Burton, the british explorer, first visited the area in 1854. And he did so by using one of the three caravans of camels leaving Harar with merchandise like the famous coffee every year.

Water is carried in dried and hollow pumpkin containers

Ethiopian men like to dye their beards red

I have written a story about a visit to this fascinating area in 2012:

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