The frontiers of Ethiopia have been closed during the recent political upheavals, which resulted in Emperor Haile Selassie being deposed.
GV Train arriving at Djibouti station.
GV PAN FORM Train at station to goods cars on siding. (5 shots)
GV & SV Trucks and cars and jeeps on trailers in sidings. (8 shots)
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Background: The frontiers of Ethiopia have been closed during the recent political upheavals, which resulted in Emperor Haile Selassie being deposed. This has caused considerable distress to the inhabitants of Djibouti, capital of the neighbouring Territory of Afars and Issas.
Bespite the fact that the frontiers were closed for only a short time, supplies of fresh vegetables to the city were cut off. The price of potatoes rose sharply and inhabitants became restive when their favourite drug, 'Qat was no longer available.
The platforms of Djibouti railway station were blocked with goods destined for Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Various types of merchandise were affected, but the most obvious were utility vehicles such as buses and lorries, which were stranded in the railway sidings still loaded on flat cars.
SYNOPSIS: Services to and from the railway station in Djibouti, capital of the Territory of afars and Issas, were seriously disrupted during the recent political upheavals in neighbouring Ethiopia. The frontiers between the two countries were closed, causing a large pile up of goods bound for Addis Ababa. The railway company was reluctant to send their stock into Ethiopia fearing it would be seized in nationalisation programmes.
A wide variety of goods were affected and utility vehicles were left stranded in railway sidings, still loaded on flat cars. In the opposite direction goods which normally flow into Djibouti from Ethipia dried up completely. There was a shortage of fresh vegetables and the local stimulant, 'Qat'. was fetching high prices on the black market.