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Girl power

Mekdes Himichael, aged 21, is another who has benefitted from the increased job opportunities the Chinese contractors have brought to Ethiopia.

A qualified surveyer, she is one of several women at work on the construction site.

Neither Ms Himichael nor her Chinese overseers speak much English, but they manage to communicate using a mixture of phrases in Chinese and Amharic, the local language, and a thorough knowledge of their specialist subject.

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