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Old September 27th, 2009, 05:06 PM   #1
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Jimma (ጅማ) | Oromia Region (ኦሮሚያ) | City Gallery



Wikipedia: Jimma is the largest city in southwestern Ethiopia. Located in the Jimma Zone of the Oromia Region, this city has a latitude and longitude of 7°40′N 36°50′E / 7.667°N 36.833°E / 7.667; 36.833. It was the capital of Kaffa Province until the province was dissolved.

Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this town has an estimated total population of 159,009 of whom 80,897 were males and 78,112 were females. According to the 1994 national census, it had a population of 88,867 people. The 1994 census reported this town had a total population of 88,867 of whom 43,874 were males and 44,993 were females. Herbert S. Lewis states that in the early 1960s it was "the greatest market in all of southwestern Ethiopia. On a good day in the dry season it attracts up to thirty thousand people."

History

Its northern suburb of Jiren was the capital of a large Oromo kingdom until the late nineteenth century. Originally named Hirmata, the city owed its importance in the 19th century to being located on the caravan route between Shewa and the Kingdom of Kaffa, as well as being only six miles from the palace of the king of Jimma. According to Donald Levine, in the early 1800s the market attracted thousands of people from neighboring regions: "Amhara from Gojjam and Shoa, Oromo from all the Gibe Kingdoms and numerous representatives of the Lacustrine and Omotic groups, including Timbaro, Qabena, Kefa, Janjero, Welamo, Konta and several others".

The present town was developed on the Awetu River by Italian colonialists in the 1930s. At that time, with the goal of weakening the native Ethiopian Church, the Italians intended to make Jimma an important center of Islamic learning, and founded an academy to teach fiqh.

Jimma was the scene of a violent encounter which started in April 1975 between radical college students (known as zemacha) sent to organize local peasants, who had benefitted from land reform, and local police, who had sided with local landowners. Students and peasant followers had imprisoned local small landowners, rich peasants and members of the local police force; this action led to further unrest, causing the Derg (the ruling junta) to send a special delegation to Jimma, which sided with the local police. In the end, 24 students were killed, more arrested, and the local zemacha camps closed. Days before the end of the Ethiopian Civil War in May 1991, the city was captured by the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front.

On 13 December 2006, the Ethiopian government announced that it had secured a loan of US$ 98 million from the African Development Bank to pave the 227 kilometers of highway between Jimma and Mizan Teferi to the southwest. The loan would cover 64% of the 1270.97 million Birr budgetted for this project.




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Old September 29th, 2009, 05:47 PM   #8
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Old September 29th, 2009, 05:52 PM   #9
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 02:37 AM   #10
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no problem. I always wanted to make a Jimma Thread but never got to it. Thanks for getting it started.
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Update on Jimma infrastructure - my pictures from February 2009. The airport and some road under construction. Taking pictures at the airport is forbidden ;-).







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Old November 20th, 2009, 04:06 AM   #12
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Old November 20th, 2009, 04:47 PM   #13
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Jimma university is looking good. It looks the almost as good as my university in the US that charges $$$.
The expansion of most of the universities in the country is a very good sign of improvement, now only if we can get enough qualifies Professors to teach the students, we would ROCK!!! It will take some time, but when I decide to go back I will teach @ tikur anbesa
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Old November 24th, 2009, 02:44 AM   #14
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What interesting photos, too bad the city is so poor
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Old November 24th, 2009, 06:00 PM   #15
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This is not a thread about how rich we are, but what new developments have been made. So, keep your comments on 'salvador' or wherever you are, Aight!
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Old February 5th, 2010, 03:44 AM   #16
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some jimma pictures .this is inside jimma university jimma airport
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I'd start saying things but I think it's best to wait and see. I'll just say I wonder what it is that causes buildings in Jimma to be well-designed (or at least have good designs, which is why I ought to wait) and how we can go about replicating that elsewhere.
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Old May 14th, 2014, 08:05 PM   #20
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My gosh, who are these people, and what have they done with the people who should have screwed it up in the design selection process? This has to be a fluke of some sort.












I wish this had been a design for a school. Would have made for a beautiful campus.
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