#IndependenceMovementoftheDay is Afar
🇪🇹🇪🇹🇪🇹 Capital Semera
Area 72,053 km2
Currency Ethiopian birr
Part of Ethiopia
The Afar Regional State is one of the nine regional states (kililoch) of Ethiopia, and is the homeland of the Afar people. Formerly known as Region 2, its new capital as of 2007 is the recently constructed city of Semera, which lies on the paved Awash–Assab highway.
The Afar Triangle, the northern part of which is the Danakil Depression, is part of the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia, and is located in the north of the region. It has the lowest point in Ethiopia and one of the lowest in Africa. The southern part of the region consists of the valley of the Awash River, which empties into a string of lakes along the Ethiopian-Djibouti border. Other notable landmarks include the Awash and Yangudi Rassa National Parks.
Afar is home to peculiar wild life, which notably include the African wild ass, Grevy's zebra, wild fox, wild cat, cheetah, and ostrich. These wild animals are found in the region's national parks. Because the region's tourism development is still in a poor state there are only two lodges in Awash National Park.
As of 2012, the area has been increasingly unstable, as tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea remain high after the Eritrean-Ethiopian War of 1998-2000. On January 18, 2012 five foreign tourists were murdered while on holiday in the region. The Ethiopian government has accused Eritrean gunmen of being responsible for the attack. Many governments around the world advise against traveling to the Afar Region, citing increasing security concerns. 🇪🇹🇪🇹🇪🇹
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