Harar – the Ethiopian city known as ‘Africa’s Mecca’
As the Unesco-recognised Ethiopian city of Harar marks its 1,010th anniversary, the BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza explores its unique heritage.
(BBC NEWS) — Night falls in the ancient city of Harar, and I’m witnessing a breathtaking, if not bizarre, exercise.
A young man skewers chunks of meat onto stick, holds the stick in his mouth, and then proceeds to feed a number of hyenas who emerge from the darkness, their eyes glowing as they step into the light.
The spectacle goes down a treat with the assembled tourists.
“I do this because I like animals,” Biniam Ashenafi explains. The 32-year-old is one of several local volunteers who feed the scavengers on a daily basis.