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battle causing

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made deep

overrun the Ogaden region, and was on the verge of capturing Harar and Dire Dawa, when Somalia's erstwhile allies, the Soviets (Soviet Union) and the Cubans, launched an unprecedented arms and personnel airlift to come to Ethiopia's rescue. The Derg government turned back the Somali invasion, and made deep strides against the Eritrean secessionists and the TPLF as well. By the end of the seventies, Mengistu presided over the second largest army in all of sub-Saharan Africa

extremely good

) this is the place to go. Has Ethiopian music and dancing at night. *

international connection

to from Axum, Lalibela and Bahir Dar. Ethiopian Airlines flights are frequently cancelled or rescheduled at short notice, so allow plenty of time if travelling for an international connection. By bus *There is a bus service to from Addis Ababa, a trip that takes the whole day. Selam (Dec 2014: 435 birr) and Sky Bus companies operate fairly comfortable 'luxury' coaches from Addis Ababa (bring earplugs for when they play movies). Minibuses are available that also make

food free

address lat 12.6140 long 37.4698 directions phone tollfree fax price 280 birr for a double room with electrical hot shower (September 2013) checkin checkout content Reasonable hotel with average but overpriced restaurant serving mostly Western food. Free Wi-Fi, but unstable even by Ethiopian standards. *

paintings covering

this church, each representing one of the twelve apostles. The church itself was built at the end of the 17th century. It is worth visiting to see its amazing ceiling with intricately painted angels, and the other religious paintings covering the walls. Churches like this were once quite common in the area, but this is the only one to survive the Sudanese attacks, making it a real treasure. *

religious paintings

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legal title

(academic) Richard P.K. Pankhurst , "The History of Däbrä Tabor (Ethiopia)", ''Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies'', 40, (1977), p. 235 Upon becoming Regent, Ras Gugsa reasserted the central power of the Empire (although keeping the Emperor as a figurehead) by dispossessing the nobility of the parts of Ethiopia he controlled, primarily Begemder. He accomplished this by proclaiming in 1800 in the name of the Emperor the legal title of land tenure

water excellent

. Only 20 birr a night. *'''Roman Hotel'''. From 60 birr (single self-contained), no water, excellent food, meat during Lent. * *

fighting lively

that Platt's main thrust would not be coming from the Gallabat direction withdrew towards Gondar. This withdrawal allowed the 9th Indian Infantry Brigade of the 5th Indian Infantry Division to occupy Metemma. Brigadier Mosley Mayne, 9th Brigade's commander, sent units along the road towards Wahni to harry the retreating Italian forces fighting lively engagements east of Metemma. Progress on the road was difficult because of the thickly laid


'''Gondar''' or '''Gonder''' ( with an elevation of 2133 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by the Gondar Zuria woreda.

Gondar previously served as the capital of both the Ethiopian Empire and the subsequent Begemder Province. The city holds the remains of several royal castles, including those in Fasil Ghebbi (the Royal Enclosure), for which Gondar has been called the "Camelot of Africa". http: bjtoursandtrekking.com tours index.htm Gondar World Heritage Site

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