ernest Posted March 12, 2016 Share Posted March 12, 2016 Some days ago, I came back from a three months trip in Ethiopia. It was my third journey in this country but this time was the best ( in terms of photo production) and the worst ( in terms of dirty tricks). As I had already seen the tourist destinations of the country, I had chosen to take the road less travelled, to visit places where tourists don't go. Good idea ? Not sure. As an independent traveller who takes photographs, I attracted the suspicion of the local people. Three times, I have been embroiled with local people and ended up in police stations for checking ( passport, visa) and questioning ( why are you here ? why do you take photos ? why aren't you where other tourists are ?...). The worst time was the second time when I was betrayed by my own guide, Hagos the bastard ( a asshole who is working in the tourism sector !!!). Because he was not pleased I was taking pictures of a particular community the local people despise. ( The local community involved is called the Agow or Agaw or Agew. You can see the photos on Alamy). All these setbacks happened when I was visiting one particular region ( the eastern Highlands) but I remember it also happened one time during a previous trip in central Ethiopia. Wherever in the country, the "informers" were both men or women, illiterate villagers or educated civil servants, young or old. So while travelling in Ethiopia, who can you trust ? Nobody, even your own guide... Has anyone of you already experienced such difficulties in Ethiopia, Africa or elsewhere ? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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