We started our day with a walk around the town, much to the interest of the local people who shouted all manner of things at us as we passed.
Nek'emte is a developing town that is served by a new road, built by China, which passes straight through its centre. The town has expanded along the sides of this road in both directions, making it very long and thin.
Sunday is an ...important day in Ethiopia for all faiths, of which there are mainly Christians and Muslims, who go to local churches or mosques to pray. In walking around town we were able to hear and see people coming to and from, all dressed nicely in their Sunday best. Church is a lively and loud occasion in Ethiopia!
Later in the afternoon we visited a local deaf school and were introduced to the children who were spending their Sunday afternoon doing some studying before we turned up and rather distracted them from their work. It was a quiet and peaceful place and the children were very polite. Writing messages back and forth to communicate was great fun and the children were all keen to teach us their names in sign language.
In the evening, we met with Suhilu, the headteacher of Bekumsa Biya primary school. We spoke about our plans for the week and then went out to watch a football game with him at a local bar. Initially, we were not allowed to enter. However, after a bit of persuasion by Suhilu the door staff let us pass and we sat down in a crowded room to watch Machester United play Chelsea on a 14" tv.