Alice McCool // #Ethiopia and #Greece’s relationship dates back to ancient times, and a small community is keeping both cultures alive.

Ethiopia: The last Greeks of Addis Ababa | Greece | Al Jazeera – “Neither country really accepts us as one of them. In Greece we are Ethiopians, and in Ethiopia we are Greeks,” she says with a sigh.

Greek sailors and merchants began emigrating to Ethiopia in significant numbers in the late 1800s. It is likely some were refugees of the Greek Genocide, Greek Civil War, and later the military dictatorship.

In its heyday, the embassy here estimates the Greek community numbered between 5,000 and 6,000 people.

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