Where is Dire Dawa Located?
Dire Dawa, located east of Addis Ababa, is the second largest city in Ethiopia. It is the only city in the country, which has the characteristics of a colonial city. Ethiopia is one of the only countries in Africa that, despite a 5-year Italian occupation, was never colonised from May 1936 to May 1941. The Italians were expelled by the army of Emperor Haile Selassie I. with the help of the British.
What Country is Dire Dawa in?
Dire Dawa was founded in 1902 by the French Compagnie Impériale des Chemins de Fer Franco-Ethiopiens (and not by the fascist invaders). Until 1912, the city was the terminus of the railway line starting in Djibouti (then the French colony). The railway line of Djibouti-Addis Ababa, extended from 1917 to the capital, opened access to the sea to Ethiopia.