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Despite the threat posed by cross-border conflict, Daniel Wheeler encourages us to go to Africa’s oldest independent country

Some remote areas of Ethiopia require a degree of caution to ensure safe travel. Unrest earlier in 2016 in the Amhara and Oromia regions led to the government declaring a state of emergency. Measures included periodic blocking of internet and 3G networks. Border districts with neighbouring South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea should be avoided due to the ongoing cross-border conflict. Nevertheless, overall, crime levels in Ethiopia remain very low and visitors will enjoy a warm welcome to one of the continent’s most culturally diverse countries.

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