Welcome to Jijiga
There’s little to see and less to do in Jijiga (ጅጅጋ), but there's a strong whiff of edgy adventure about the place, and the atmosphere at this seldom-visited capital of the Somali region is noticeably different from the rest of the country. Signs are written in Somali, women are veiled and Arab-style mosques dominate the skyline (on a par with an increasing number of multistorey commercial buildings). Business, including the selling of contraband smuggled in from Somaliland, is unexpectedly brisk – small wonder Jijiga is one of Ethiopia's fastest-growing towns. For travellers it's a convenient stop-off point on the way to Somaliland.