Amarech Molla, a mother of five, was relocated from Arat Kilo neighbourhood where she lived for more than 30 years because her house was to be demolished for construction. She is moved to a two room house in one of the oldest houses in Addis Ababa built more than 100 years ago. She says she finds it difficult to walk up the stairs and there is merely enough space for her children and grandchildren.
Aselefech Tsige, 50, grinds coffee in front her house in Piassa where she lived for 25 years. The house was built more than a hundered years ago and is registered as a historical space. “When fire broke out a few years ago in the neighbourhood, it was the young people who saved this place from burining down” she says. The place continues to house people who have been relocated due to construction and those who have lived there most of their lives.
Aselefech Tsige, 50 shows her portrait taken around 20 years ago.
Demer Dejen, 50, stands by her one room space in Piassa where she moved into after being relocated from her home due to construction.
Exterior of an old house in Piassa.
Alemayehu, father of three, has served at the "Old Post Office" in Addis Ababa for 33 years.