I tried sending some money to Joel in the last couple days I was in Ethiopia. Levi and I were back in Addis Ababa during these days. I went to a Western Union office that was near to our hotel.
“We cannot send money from here,” the attendant said to me. He told me to go to a larger office in another part of the city.
I went there.
“We cannot send money from here either,” the man told me. “Try the main branch in the city center.”
I went there. At least at the main branch, I received a straightforward response.
“In Ethiopia, Western Union is not set up to send money out of the country. We can only receive money into Ethiopia.”
“That sounds about right,” I thought to myself. But I did not say it.