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Oct 30, 2017

Life after death for the “Love Bug” in Ethiopia

Life after death for the “Love Bug” in Ethiopia

In Addis Ababa, cranky, 50-year-old Volkswagen Beetles enjoy a kind of life after death; their parts are never discarded but re-used to keep the city's remaining Beetles on the road.

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A Volkswagen Beetle car is seen inside a painting room at a garage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 15, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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A mechanic pushes a Volkswagen Beetle car inside a garage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 8, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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The owner of a 1970 model Volkswagen Beetle car holds the key to his car, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 12, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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A Volkswagen Beetle car travels along a road in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 21, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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A mechanic works on the engine of a Volkswagen Beetle car in a garage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 8, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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A Volkswagen Beetle car is abandoned near the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 22, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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A 1978 model Volkswagen Beetle is parked near the Ethiopian National Theatre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 13, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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A model of a Volkswagen Beetle toy is seen inside a Volkswagen Beetle car at a garage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 8, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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A 1978 model Volkswagen Beetle is parked in front of the Ethiopian National Theatre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 13, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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A Volkswagen Beetle car is parked in front of a grocery store in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 8, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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A Volkswagen car emblem is seen on the floor of a garage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 8, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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Ishetu Kinfe, 59, a mechanic, poses next to his 1965 model Volkswagen Beetle car at a garage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 8, 2017. He has driven the car for 19 years. "I can drive it anywhere because it is strong, easy to maintain and affordable", Kinfe said. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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The interior of a Volkswagen Beetle car is seen at a garage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 8, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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A Volkswagen Beetle car is seen whilst under maintenance at a garage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 8, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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Spare parts of Volkswagen Beetle cars are seen in a Volkswagen garage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 8, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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Niguse Desalegn, 45, who owns a Volkswagen Beetle garage, poses for a photograph inside his garage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 8, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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Market stall worker, Minilik Shewaferaw, 30, poses for a photograph next to his 1976 model Volkswagen Beetle in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 8, 2017. He has driven the car for three years. "I chose Volkswagen because it is affordable, easy to park and my luxury car indeed", Shewaferaw said. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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Siyum Haile, 72, a retired United Nations (UN) employee and Jehovah's Witness, poses for a photograph next to his 1977 model Volkswagen Beetle car in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 16, 2017. Haile said that he had used the car for seventeen years because it's strong, consumes less fuel and most of all it's the only car he can afford to buy in Ethiopia. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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A Volkswagen Beetle car is parked at a garage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 8, 2017. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

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