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Mar 7th 2011 11:59PM Thank you, Mohammed, for your comments and offer of assistance. I very much agree that there could have been many reasons for the behavior, and traveling -- or just living -- always has its risks. I definitely separate that behavior from the city and Harari people in general. I have met some very nice people who live in Harar.
I lived in NE Brazil for 1.5 years and I feel much safer in Ethiopia. There are also very dangerous places in my country, and I recognize that I tend to be more alert to those kinds of things when traveling. Where I live, there are shootings, and most recently by police of an innocent indigenous guy. So, I am constantly analyzing events, both positive and negative, so I can continually learn and connect with people. I appreciate your comments!
Mar 4th 2011 11:52PM I am a fellow anthropologist and traveler, pleased to stumble upon your blog (especially as blogspot appears to be blocked from my location here). I'm curious, will you be writing about any of the xenophobic behaviors found in Harar? I was just there last week and a friend of mine was spit on. The guy was maybe in his 40's and shouted at her, "I f#(*$ YOU," and he made lewd gestures. I thought this was a thing of the past, and had read about it in Thereaux's Dark Star Safari. I have only arrived in Ethiopia/Harar and will be staying here for some time. I'm still processing this incident and welcome your comments.