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This photo essay by Alpha Abebe published by the Oxford Diasporas Programme includes a selection of images taken in Ethiopia while travelling there for her doctoral fieldwork in 2013 .

Alpha was born and raised in Toronto, Canada to Ethiopian parents. While her graduate studies are dedicated to the deconstruction of cultural identity and the understanding of its mechanics, Alpha's life has been organised and shaped by her connection to and relationships with Ethiopia, despite only having vacationed there.

In this photo essay, Alpha shares her quintessentially diasporic story. The photos included are not part of any data collection, but rather, the moments and encounters in between. They were the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Ethiopia to remember when she left.

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