The Land of Ethiopia
Located in the horn of Africa, Ethiopia is roughly twice the size of Texas. Its proximity to the Middle East and Europe, together with its easy access to the major ports of the region, enhances its international trade. Covering over 444,000 square miles, Ethiopia is boarded by the Sudan on the west, Somalia and Djibouti on the east, Eritrea on the north, and Kenya on the South. The diverse topography of the country generally features rugged mountains, flat-topped plateaus, deep river canyons, rolling plains and lowlands. The major river basins include: the Abbay (Blue Nile), Awash, Baro, Omo, Tekezie and Wabe Shebele. The Ethiopian highlands are divided by the Great Rift valley as it traverses the country from north to south.