East Africa

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East Africa

The Rift Valley, also known as the Great Rift Valley or Eastern Rift Valley, is a geological feature that runs south from Jordan in south west Asia, through East Africa and down to Mozambique in southern Africa. In all the Rift Valley is 6,400 km (4,000 miles) long and is 64 km (35 miles) wide on average. It is 30 million years old and exhibits extensive volcanism, having produced Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.


Ruvuma River,is a river in East Africa, forming during the greater part of its course the border between Tanzania and Mozambique. It is 800 kilometres long, with a drainage basin 155,500 square kilometres in size. Its mean annual discharge is 475 at its mouth.

The Horn of Africa, is a peninsula in East Africa that juts hundreds of kilometers into the Arabian Sea and lies along the southern side of the Gulf of Aden. It is the easternmost projection of the African continent. Referred to in ancient and medieval times as Bilad al Barbar the Horn of Africa denotes the region containing the countries of Ethiopia and Somalia.

The tallest mountain is Kilimanjaro,Tanzanina: 19,340 feet/5895 meters

The people call themselves Oromo, and prefer to be called so. In some literature you may find Galla. LANGUAGE:Oromiffa (Afaan Oromo) RELIGION:Traditional religion, Islam, and Christian. Waqa, the Creator, is God of the traditional religion. Ayanas are the saint like divinities. Many Oromos practice the traditional religion parallel with Islam or Christianity.

Piracy off the coast of Somalia has been a threat to international shipping since the second phase of the Somali Civil War in the early 21st century. Since 2005, many international organizations, including the International Maritime Organization and the World Food Program, they have expressed concern over the rise in acts of piracy. Piracy has impeded the delivery of shipments.


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