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Several-kilometer-long side roads and alleyways have been paved with cobblestones thanks to a laudable urban public works program. However, lack of a functioning drainage system has turned many of these into puddles, forcing pedestrians to use stepping-stones to move around. The reckless dumping of dirt has also muddied several of these roadways.

No doubt the scheme has created job opportunities to many apart, of course, from cleaning up hitherto muddy and dusty localities. Proper maintenance as well as follow-up is in order to make the roads long-lasting, though. (Photo by Tamirat Getachew)