20050419 ETHIOPIA – Lower Omo Valley
This is the highlight of the trip to Ethiopia. The genuine black Africaculture is amazing and charming, a "must-see" of world culture heritage. The transportation system to Omo valley is not well organized. The road conditions to the native villages are poor, with potholes, rock and big boulders, crossing rivers, navigating over the hills and lush bushes. It is almost impossible to reach them during rainy season. Almost every habitant in the village would surround the tourists expecting to be photographed for Bir 2 reward. Some turned really aggressive and scary if they were ignored. Rarely a handful of them are educated and the poor government seems to be helpless. The extra income from tourists would help them to buy some necessities while maintaining their culture for tourism sake. No one could stop civilization and modernization. The youngsters living close to the town have put their clothes on and listening to pop music. The living conditions in the village are unhygienic and primitive, vulnerable to outbreak. The Mursi village is filthy, herds are kept in the center of the village compound at night for safety sake. Their huts have low entrances one needs to crawl into it.