Bahir Dar

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, Nationalities, and Peoples Region and Oromia — delayed the release of these results until June 8, the date originally scheduled for releasing the official results. When the ruling party was unofficially reported the winner of the election, demonstrations protesting alleged election fraud broke out, and continued into June. Hundreds of students were arrested in at least nine cities, including Gondar, Bure, Bahir Dar, Debre Marqos, Dessie and Awassa for demonstrating


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meeting place, on the shores of lake Tana. Rooms are extremely worn down and unclean, but the terrace is nice (00251 58 220 0-111 or -740) * '''Tana Pension'''. Rooms from US$2.50, the food is marvelous. * '''Bin Anbessa Hotel'''. Large hotel with restaurant, currently (2013) under some renovation, some rooms are a bit renovated. Double with bathroom for 480 birr if you're Ethiopian, otherwise it's 600 birr (September 2013). Friendly staff. Very good free Wi-Fi by Ethiopian standards. Safety


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. Eat * '''Lakeshore Resort''', located along the lake near Summerland Hotel has good food and amazing views of the lake. * '''Desset Lodge''' is a new restaurant that has OK food but a beautiful view of the lake. Highly recommended to enjoy a beer here while watching the sun set. * '''Azewa Hotel''' has some of the best fish goulash in the country and is inexpensive. * '''Tana Restaurant''' serves fabulous fish dishes for little money. * '''Al-Hanan Muslim Restaurant''' near the Dalot Pension, serves huge and tasty mutton dishes, even during Lent. Also a good place for an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. The owners are exceedingly nice and don't charge tourists extra. Drink * Commons:Category:Bahar Dar


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and a very extensive weekly market. There are some music clubs in the city. The city is home to Bahir Dar University, which projects an enrollment of over 40,000 students in the academic year beginning in October 2012. "Bahir Dar University to enroll 40,000 students in regular, continuing and distance education." Capitalethiopia


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. Eat * '''Lakeshore Resort''', located along the lake near Summerland Hotel has good food and amazing views of the lake. * '''Desset Lodge''' is a new restaurant that has OK food but a beautiful view of the lake. Highly recommended to enjoy a beer here while watching the sun set. * '''Azewa Hotel''' has some of the best fish goulash in the country and is inexpensive. * '''Tana Restaurant''' serves fabulous fish dishes for little money. * '''Al-Hanan Muslim Restaurant''' near the Dalot Pension


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of Emperor Tewodros II (Tewodros II of Ethiopia). Here his army suffered from cholera, forcing the Emperor to move his troops to Begemder. Despite the loss of life on the journey, by the time they reached Begemder, the army was free of the illness. "Local History in Ethiopia" The Nordic Africa Institute website (accessed 12 February 2008) Arthur J. Hayes spent a few days in Bahir Dar in early February 1903, which he described as a village surrounded by a marsh of papyrus plants; nearby were "two or three huts" inhabited by the Weyto (Weyto people), an ethnic group which were considered outcasts by the Amhara (Amhara people), yet "proud of their isolation." Hayes also visited the local church, dedicated to Saint George, which was decorated with murals of the saint in combat and returned victoriously. Hayes, ''The Source of the Blue Nile'' (London, 1905), pp. 142-144, 153. A photo Hayes took of the interior during his stay is published facing p. 154. During the Italian invasion (Second Italo-Abyssinian War), an Italian column moved from Gondar on 23 April 1937 and, after a rapid march, occupied Bahar Dar. The city was bombed by the Royal Air Force on 21–22 October 1940, and although the action made little damage it was a boost to ''Arbegnoch'' morale. After months of skirmishing with the British advance, the Italian garrison under the command of Colonel Torelli was recalled to Gondar by General Guglielmo Nasi, and began to evacuate the city on 27 April 1941. One of Emperor Haile Selassie (Haile Selassie of Ethiopia)'s palaces was located near the city, and the Emperor considered moving the national capital to the town. On 15 June 1961 the Emperor inaugurated the new 226 meter-long highway bridge over the Abay (Abay River), situated at about 3 km from Bahir Dar. A Polytechnic Institute, built by the Soviet Union at a cost of Ethiopian Birr 2.9 million, opened in 1963, with courses in agricultural mechanics, industrial chemistry, electrical technology, wood-working and processing technology, textile technology, and metal technology. Designed to accommodate 1,000 students, at the start in September the school had 21 Ethiopian teachers and 250 students of 8th grade level; by 1968 had 619 students in four grades, with 51 teachers of whom 23 were expatriates. thumb left 200px Resort hotel in Bahir Dar (File:BahirDarResort.jpg) During the Ethiopian Civil War, May 1988 the 603rd corp of the Third Revolutionary Army (TLA) made its headquarters at Bahir Dar. On 3–4 March 1990, the TLA abandoned Bahir Dar in disarray, blowing up the nearby bridge with several hundred soldiers which stopped the TPLF EPRDF forces from occupying the city. However, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) claimed they had too few effectives in the area to capture the town at that time, and the Derg army reoccupied Bahir Dar a few days later. The EPRDF gained permanent control of the city around 1810 hours on 23 February 1991, as one of the objectives of Operation Tewodros. Gebru Tareke, ''The Ethiopian Revolution: War in the Horn of Africa'' (New Haven: Yale University, 2009), p. 302 The city, in honor of the Millennium celebrations, hosted a National Investment Bazaar and Trade Fair on 6–9 January 2007. Mulat Gezahegn, head of the Trade, Industry and Investment Promotion Coordination Office, told journalists that more than 150 local and foreign companies participated. "Bahirdar City to host trade fair marking Millennium celebrations" WIC (last accessed 30 November 2006) Demographics thumb Map of the regions and zones of Ethiopia. (File:Ethiopia zone region.jpg) Based on the 2007 Census conducted by the Central Statistical Agency (Central Statistical Agency (Ethiopia)) of Ethiopia (CSA), Bahir Dar Special Zone has a total population of 221,991, of whom 108,456 are men and 113,535 women; 180,174 or 81.16% are urban inhabitants, the rest of population are living at rural kebeles around Bahir Dar. At the town of Bahir Dar there are 155,428 inhabitants; the rest of urban population is living at Meshenti, Tis Abay and Zege towns which are part of Bahir Dar Special Zone. As Philip Briggs notes, Bahir Dar "is not only one of the largest towns in Ethiopia, but also one of the fastest growing -- the western outskirts have visibly expanded since the first edition of this guide was published in 1994." Philip Briggs, ''Guide to Ethiopia'', third edition (Old Saybrook: Globe Pequot Press, 2003), p. 181. ISBN 1-84162-035-1 The three largest ethnic groups reported in Bahir Dar Special Zone were the Amhara (Amhara people) (96.23%), the Tigrayan (Tigray-Tigrinya people) (1.11%), and the Oromo (Oromo people) (1.1%); all other ethnic groups made up 1.56% of the population. Amharic (Amharic language) was spoken as a first language by 96.78%, and 1.01% spoke Oromiffa; the remaining 2.21% spoke all other primary languages reported. 89.72% of the population said they practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, 8.47% were Muslim (Islam in Ethiopia), and 1.62% were Protestants (P'ent'ay). Census 2007 Tables: Amhara Region, Tables 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2 and 3.4. The 1994 national census reported a total population for Bahir Dar of 96,140 in 20,857 households, of whom 45,436 were men and 50,704 women. The three largest ethnic groups reported in the city were the Amhara (Amhara people) (93.21%), the Tigrayan (Tigray-Tigrinya people) (3.98%), and the Oromo (Oromo people) (0.7%); all other ethnic groups made up 2.11% of the population. Amharic (Amharic language) was spoken as a first language by 95.52%, and 2.93% spoke Tigrinya (Tigrinya language); the remaining 1.55% spoke all other primary languages reported. 87.53% practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, and 11.47% of the population said they were Muslim (Islam in Ethiopia). ''1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Amhara Region'', Vol. 1, part 1, Tables 2.1, 2.11, 2.14, 2.17 (accessed 6 April 2009) Commons:Category:Bahar Dar


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Region . The Federal High Court denied his release, but the Federal Supreme Court released him on bail. After a few additional trial appearances, he disappeared in March, and his whereabouts remained unknown at year's end. Anteneh was first detained in 2006 for over two months on charges of instigating violence in the 2005 elections (Ethiopian general elections, 2005), and alleged that he was tortured during that incarceration.


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Kidane Mehret, known for its regalia. A ferry service links Bahir Dar with Gorgora via Dek Island and various lake shore villages. thumb right The Blue Nile Falls (File:Blue Nile Falls Ethiopia.jpg) fed by Lake Tana near the city of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. thumb Nile Delta (File:Nile River and delta from orbit.jpg) from space September * September 15 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight 604, a Boeing 737 Boeing 737-260


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''' in Amharic, when translated, means "smoking water" They are situated on the upper course of the river, about 30 km downstream from the town of Bahir Dar and Lake Tana. The falls are considered one of Ethiopia's best known tourist attractions. Provisional results were scheduled to be released on May 23, but the need to investigate claims of voting irregularities and disruptions in two southern regions (Regions of Ethiopia) — Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region and Oromia — delayed the release of these results until June 8, the date originally scheduled for releasing the official results. When the ruling party was unofficially reported the winner of the election, demonstrations protesting alleged election fraud broke out, and continued into June. Hundreds of students were arrested in at least nine cities, including Gondar, Bure, Bahir Dar, Debre Marqos, Dessie and Awassa for demonstrating despite a month-old ban on protests imposed on the government. At the same time, security forces arrested dozens of locally prominent CUD members in Gondar, Dessie, Wondo Genet, Kombolcha and Jinka; unconfirmed reports of arrests following a similar pattern came from several other towns. "Ethiopia: Crackdown Spreads Beyond Capital", HRW website 14 June 2005 (accessed 17 March 2009) On June 8, police shot 42 people gathering at the Piazza and Merkato markets of Addis Ababa. The organization Human Rights Watch reported that at least 36 people were killed, and 400 arrested. Essential background: Human rights in Ethiopia (HRW website) The government afterwards stated that an appropriate level of force was used and accused the CUD of fomenting dissent; the CUD denied these accusations, and claimed that the government was attempting to distract attention from election fraud. This led to the leaders of the CUD, including head Hailu Shawul, being put under house arrest while hundreds of security forces patrolled the streets of the capital. Ferries (Ferry) sail from the port to Bahir Dar via Kunzela and Dek Island. When the Bank of Ethiopia was created in 1931 it opened a branch office with two employees at Debre Tabor. During the Second Italian-Abyssinian War, Debre Tabor was occupied by unit which advanced from Bahir Dar on 28 April. During the occupation (Italian East Africa), a telegraph office was opened in the town and postal service restored. The Italians also constructed a road from Gondar via Debre Tabor to Dessie. The first mosque in Debre Tabor was constructed and eucalyptus planting extended. Despite these improvements, as early as August 1937, there were almost simultaneous but apparently uncoordinated attacks by ''arbegnoch (Freedom fighter)'' on garrisons near Debre Tabor and near Bahir Dar. After several months of attacks, the British convinced Colonel Angelini to surrender the town 6 July 1941, allowing the British to advance towards the organized Italian resistance around Gondar under the command of Guglielmo Nasi, who by this point was the acting Viceroy and Governor-General of Italian East Africa. The '''Ethiopian montane grasslands and woodlands''' is much the largest of the highland ecoregions, occupying the area between 1800 and 3000 meters elevations. The natural vegetation was closed-canopy forest in moister areas, and grassland, bushland, and thicket in drier areas. However these hillsides have good fertile soil and are heavily populated, largely by farming communities so most of the region has been converted to agriculture with a few areas of natural vegetation remaining. Urban areas in this ecoregion include: Ethiopia's capital city and Africa's fourth largest city Addis Ababa, the Amhara Region capital Bahir Dar with its island monasteries on Lake Tana, the old walled city of Harar, the spa town of Ambo (Ambo, Ethiopia), Asella in the Arsi Zone, the trekking centre of Dodola (Dodola, Ethiopia), the lakeside Debre Zeyit, the largest city in the southwest Jimma, the market town of Nekemte, and the capital of the Tigray region, Mek'ele. Awash National Park is a site for birdwatching. 4 November 2005 (Friday) *20px (Image:Flag of Ethiopia.svg) Clashes continue in Debre Berhan, while government forces succeed in pacifying Bahir Dar and Awassa. The Ethiopian capital Addis Abeba remained calm, with few shops open and no taxis operating. (BBC) The CSA has 25 branch offices. Besides the capital city of Addis Ababa, the cities and towns with offices are: Ambo (Ambo, Ethiopia), Arba Minch, Asebe Teferi, Asayita, Assosa, Awasa, Bahir Dar, Debre Berhan, Dessie, Dire Dawa, Gambela, Goba, Gondar, Harar, Hosaena, Inda Selassie, Jijiga, Jimma, Mek'ele, Mizan Teferi, Nazreth (Adama), Negele Boran, Nekemte, and Sodo. "Branch offices", Central Statistical Agency website (accessed 26 December 2009) 4 November 2005 (Friday) * Clashes continue in Debre Berhan, while government forces succeed in pacifying Bahir Dar and Awasa. The Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa remained calm, with few shops open and no taxis operating. (BBC) * The Old Bailey in the U.K. (United Kingdom) sentences five white supremacists to jail for 15 years for creating and distributing race hate material. (BBC) However, harassment of current and former members by the government reportedly continues. Tilahun Ayalew, chairman of the Dangila chapter of the ETA and coordinator of the program "Education for All", was detained by police from December 2007 to March 2008. He reported that he was imprisoned and tortured at Bahir Dar for three to four days before being transferred to a police station in Addis Ababa, where police again tortured him. The Federal First Instance Court then released him on a habeas corpus petition, citing the lack of formal charges. However, shortly after seeing his family upon release, Tilahun disappeared and his whereabouts remained unknown at the end of 2008. Another victim was Anteneh Getnet, chairman of the original ETA in Addis Ababa and an ETA coordinator, who was arrested in 2006 on charges of being a member of the Ethiopian Patriotic Front an outlawed, allegedly armed group operating in the Amhara Region. The Federal High Court denied his release, but the Federal Supreme Court released him on bail. After a few additional trial appearances, he disappeared in March, and his whereabouts remained unknown at year's end. Anteneh was first detained in 2006 for over two months on charges of instigating violence in the 2005 elections (Ethiopian general elections, 2005), and alleged that he was tortured during that incarceration. "2008 Human Rights Reports- Ethiopia" (Ethiopian Guardian; PDF file) (accessed 9 March 2009) Commons:Category:Bahar Dar


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tourist destinations in Ethiopia, with a variety of attractions in the nearby Lake Tana and Blue Nile river. The city is known for its wide avenues lined with palm trees and a variety of colorful flowers. In 2002 it was awarded the UNESCO Cities for Peace Prize for addressing the challenges of rapid urbanization. UNESCO Cities for Peace Prize, 2002 Geography Bahir Dar is situated on the southern shore

of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile (or ''Abay''), in what was previously the Gojjam province. The city is located approximately 578 km north-northwest of Addis Ababa, having a latitude and longitude of above sea level (Above mean sea level). History thumb right Mural (File:Painting in church in Bahar Dar.jpg)s in a church on Lake Tana, near Bahir Dar Bahir

, ''The Source of the Blue Nile'' (London, 1905), pp. 142-144, 153. A photo Hayes took of the interior during his stay is published facing p. 154. During the Italian invasion (Second Italo-Abyssinian War), an Italian column moved from Gondar on 23 April 1937 and, after a rapid march, occupied Bahar Dar. The city was bombed by the Royal Air Force on 21–22 October 1940, and although the action made little damage it was a boost to ''Arbegnoch'' morale. After months

Bahir Dar

'''Bahir Dar''' or '''Bahar Dar''' ( '', “sea shore”) is a city in north-western Ethiopia. It is the capital of the Amhara Region (''kilil'').

Administratively, Bahir Dar is a Special Zone (Zones of Ethiopia), a designation in between a chartered city (''astedader akabibi'', a first-tier division, like a ''kilil'') such as Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa, and cities like Debre Marqos and Dessie, which are organized as districts (Districts of Ethiopia) (''woredas'').

Bahir Dar is one of the leading tourist destinations in Ethiopia, with a variety of attractions in the nearby Lake Tana and Blue Nile river. The city is known for its wide avenues lined with palm trees and a variety of colorful flowers. In 2002 it was awarded the UNESCO Cities for Peace Prize for addressing the challenges of rapid urbanization. UNESCO Cities for Peace Prize, 2002

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