Dangers Annoyances

Violent crime is, fortunately, rare, particularly where visitors are concerned. However, petty theft and confidence tricks are problematic.

The Merkato is worst, as pickpockets abound - targeting faranjis (foreigners) and

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Ethiopians. Other spots requiring vigilance include Piazza, Meskal Sq, minibus stands, and Churchill Ave.

Beware of distraction tactics (some involving someone enthusiastically grabbing your ankles, while others pilfer pockets!).

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