I’ve often stayed at the friendly Debre Damo hotel tucked away off the main road. This time I didn’t recognise where I was – a new ten storey hotel next door which has been under construction for several years is now open and the road is completely blocked by the construction of the new tramway. (You can just make out the old Debre Damo at the right of the bottom of the new hotel). Addis Ababa is changing fast. Travel is slow and high rise condominiums are replacing the corrugated iron shanty huts. Beneath them its still the same Addis – noisy, cheerful, at times staggeringly beautiful, frightening poverty just behind the new buildings. I’ve come to explore the impact of social change. No shortage of that.
Yonas Tesfahun on Islam