How Safe is Ethiopia

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Ethiopia is one of the most populous countries in Africa, with over 100 million people. It is also one of the poorest countries in the world. Yet, despite its poverty, Ethiopia is a relatively safe place to live.

Ethiopia has had a long history of stability and has not been involved in any major wars or conflicts in recent years. In addition, crime rates are low, and the government is working to make the country even safer by increasing police presence and improving infrastructure.


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How Safe is Ethiopia


Civil Disturbances

Civil Disturbances are becoming a common occurrence in many parts of the world. What are the risks associated with them, and how safe is Ethiopia? Civil disturbances can include anything from protests and demonstrations to riots and looting. They can occur for various reasons, such as political or social injustice, poor economic conditions, or cultural differences.


Mobbing & Faranji Frenzy

Since 2006, Ethiopia has been experiencing an influx of foreign investors. The majority of these investors are from the Gulf region, specifically Saudi Arabia. This has led to a phenomenon known as “faranji frenzy”, where Ethiopians take extreme measures to obtain favour or connection with foreigners. While this has led to some positive changes in the country, it has also increased mobbing behaviour.



In recent years, Ethiopia has enjoyed sustained economic growth and development period. But with that growth has come an increase in crime and scams. So, how safe is Ethiopia for tourists and expatriates? What are some of the most common scams in the country?


Self-Appointed Guides

Since the overthrow of the Ethiopian Monarch in 1974, the country has been led by a series of Marxist governments. The current government, led by the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), has been in power since 1991.

The country is currently under a state of emergency declared in October 2016. However, Ethiopia is still a popular tourist destination despite being in crisis. The ancient cities of Axum and Lalibela are two of the main attractions.


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Militant groups have been on the rise in Ethiopia in recent years. The most prominent of these groups is the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). The ONLF has been engaged in a long-running armed struggle against the Ethiopian government for self-determination for the Ogaden region. In recent months, there has been an increase in the ONLF, including a deadly attack on an army base in June that killed dozens of people.



In 2016, the United States Department of State released a report on crime and safety in Ethiopia. The report stated that theft was the most common crime in Ethiopia. It also noted that most thefts were committed by individuals who were not employed.