"Jijiga." Top 5 Page for this destination Ethiopia Things to Do Tip by elsadran
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The city has a typical Ethiopian atmosphere. It reminded me a little of Harar, Djibouti and Dire Dawa with the same busy dusty streets, the old coffee shops and restaurants and the beautiful colors of the houses. It also has a few modern buildings and hotels where you can have a more “western” meal. If you have time to spare this city is not a bad choice.
Something that made me feel uncomfortable is that the police don't allow tourists to take photos around the city and they may arrest you if you do. Especially in the market and several other parts of the old city they are very strict... You have to go to the police station first and take a written permission....
But the worst is that a lot of uncontrollable and corrupted policemen block the way and stop the buses every few kilometers on the road to Jijiga. It is really irritating. They ask for money for doing nothing and grab whatever they like from local people. They blackmail and treat locals like slaves. Of course they don't bother tourists but it is better not to carry anything illegal with you. They usually look for smuggled goods and take everything they desire from the defenceless locals. Disgusting! Locals have their share of guilt however because they smuggle a lot of electronics or household items and hide their illegal goods wherever they can. Many were put in jail in front of our eyes because only half of them had passports or any papers at all. An enormous bulk of illegal goods come from Somalia, where crime is thriving.
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