BATI, a mid-altitude town 42km east of Kombolcha, comes into its own every Monday when it hosts Ethiopia’s largest livestock market, an unmissable multicultural phenomenon that attracts tens of thousands of locals to sell, buy and barter over camels, cattle and other livestock and commodities. Along with Amhara and Oromo villagers from the highlands, you’ll see plenty of semi-nomadic desert-dwelling Afar, the men wielding their customary daggers and women adorned with plaited hairstyles and ornate jewellery.

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