From afar, Tryst coffee shop on the off street of the busy Bole road is as ordinary as the word ordinary can possibly get. Inside a room that is slightly bigger than a single parking spot, with no extraordinary features to lure one in, this particular cafe has become a meeting hub for the Diaspora as well as diplomats who seek to social and network, despite its space.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has seen livelihoods disproportionally affected and the vulnerability of various sectors, key among them agriculture, exposed. Agriculture has been one of the worst affected sectors in Africa, mostly due to the various essential protective measures implemented, to curb the spread of COVID-19.
This year, Cuba and Ethiopia are celebrating the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic relationship. Last week, the nation also marked the 31st anniversary of its citizens who perished while fighting in the Ogaden War.
From far, there is little extra-ordinary about the building that houses Louvre Hotel, not far from the British Embassy. Even the road that leads into the hotel that has become a fixture for Ethiopia’s diplomatic core is as rough as the many non-paved roads of the capital.