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Africa Express Series part 1 - Ethiopia

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Station of the Djibouti-Ethiopia Railway in Dire Dawa
Station of the Djibouti-Ethiopia Railway in Dire Dawa Bamse/Wikimedia Commons

Ethiopia was the first country in Africa to have a railway. It was French-built and connected the capital, Addis Ababa, to the Red Sea port of Djibouti. However, the old diesel rail line is now being replaced by a Chinese-built electrified railway; a major plan that seeks to help transport the country’s commercial exports to its neighbours. In the first part of our series on Africa's railways, correspondent Matthew Newsome reports from Addis Ababa.

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