RUSTY TREASURES


RUSTY TREASURES

A truck around the German Square hauled metal debris on a sunny afternoon last week. The corridor project snaking through the capital has provided businesses that rely on collecting and selling metal scraps with a voluminous supply. Following a decision by the Ministry of Mines last year to decrease reliance on imported inputs for steel industries, every inch of metal has become a commodity. The nearly 12 million tonnes of billet needed by local steel industries to operate at full capacity requires foreign currency—perhaps a more prized mineral than the iron ores. Federal agencies usually set the price of the scrap metals supplied to the steel factories.


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TENDER TALISMAN

A strawberry moon peeks through the clouds above a half-finished building prepped for demolition. Native Americans coined the term for the red ambience that adorns the night sky during a full moon in June and the coincidental ripeness of strawberries in the season. The full moon — which reaches the crest of its fullness at 9:08 p.m. ET Friday — comes one day after the summer solstice, the day of the year when the sun appears the highest in the sky for the Northern Hemisphere. Since a full mo...


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POLYMER ISLANDS

A reservoir in a horticulture farm in Koka Town, Oromia Regional State, is filled with black rectangular plastic shades to decrease the amount of sunlight that reaches the water. The shades help decrease evaporation, limit the ignition of chemical reactions from the sunlight, and reduce algae sprouts. Modern flower farms utilize a combination of contemporary innovations to outmanoeuvre the pressures of climate change, reduced rainfall and pest damage. Ethiopia is the sixth-largest exporter of fl...


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CORRIDOR CONUNDRUMS

A three-month road around German Square confuses drivers and pedestrians following a hasty construction. Traffic accidents have become common in the area after the roundabout was removed to widen the road and simplify movement through the area. Above half a billion birr is lost to damages arising from traffic accidents annually in Ethiopia. Over 400 casualties and 3,471 injuries due to traffic accidents were registered in the last fiscal year, with 80pc of the victims being pedestrians. Megenagn...


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