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Eastern Ethiopia is a predominantly Muslim part of the country. Administratively, it contains the region of Somali, home to much of Ethiopia's ethnically Somali population and in which a borderline war between the Ethiopian government and the Ogaden guerrilla movement has been on-going; the independent cities of Dire Dawa and Harar; the eastern parts of Oromia; and the southern parts of Afar.

Historically, the region is comprised of Hararghe (named after the city of Harar) and the Ogaden.


Map of Eastern Ethiopia
  • 1 Awash Awash, Ethiopia on Wikipedia - gateway to Awash National Park
  • 2 Dire Dawa - the 7th-largest city in the country
  • 3 Harar - ancient walled city near Dire Dawa, and the 4th-holiest to Sunni Muslims
  • 4 Jijiga - capital of the Somali region
  • 5 Kersa

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Aba Tenna D. Yilma International Airport (DIR IATA) in Dire Dawa has international flights from Djibouti and domestic flights from Addis Ababa and Gode in the Somali Region.

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Stay safe[edit]

The conflict in Somali is one of the most under-publicized humanitarian disasters in the modern day, and travellers should keep their distance from the Ogaden Desert.

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