Ethiopia: Out With the Old

[Addis Fortune]In the area around Anwar Mosque in Merkato, old buildings are being torn down as part of the reconstruction of Addis Abeba. Public opinion has been divided as to the speed and ruthlessness of the demolitions, with some arguing that buildings of cultural interest could be lost in the rush towards development and yet others lamenting the loss of small family owned businesses in the area in favour of larger, and more expensive, chains.