A trip on the Ethio-Djibouti train.

Built over a century ago, the Ethio-Djibouti railway is in on the verge of collapse. Hundreds of travellers and poor merchants still use it to transport their goods on rails that stretch over 800 kilometers. Seats are often hard to find in the train where mechanical problems delay its arrival for many hours, even days. Though cheaper and more ecological to use, its services may not be available for users anymore as authorities in both Ethiopia and Djibouti are more inclined on developing roads than maintaining the old locomotive.

These photographs were taken in 2007, a few months before the section from Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa was closed.

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