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  • Commemorating the centenary of the death of Alfred Ilg

    On January 7th 2016 we commemorate the Swiss Engineer Alfred Ilg on the centenary of his death. Alfred Ilg lived in Ethiopia from 1879 to 1906 and worked for the Emperor Menelik II. As his technical advisor and state councilor, he contributed significantly to the construction of the new capital, Addis Ababa, and to planning the railway line from Djibouti to Addis Ababa. His technical innovations, among other things, brought significant change to Ethiopia.

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