20050419 ETHIOPIA Lower Omo Valley

 

 

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.

 

Drying catfish, the whole area is stink Manmade beehive sDSC065501.jpg sDSC065511.jpg sDSC065521.jpg Iron smith Washing clothes Living huts sDSC065621.jpg Village sDSC065681.jpg sDSC065731.jpg Kids ran to our car, expecting our visit
The lips plate of Mursi lady symbolize beauty, size is direct proportion to the dowry The lower lip is dangling He is acting as peace controller in the as well as protecting village from enemy invasion 3 kids with body painting Mursi young man walking naked around Rush to get a seat in the bus Ethiopia staple Injera Benna kids on the stilt attracting tourists Key Afar market sDSC066471.jpg Neatly combed hair style with adornment Hamer pretty young girl Hamer girls dancing expecting small gift or money from tourists
Karo village Karo girl with iron nail pierce through lower lips sDSC066731.jpg Karo elder with head dress A lady from Galeb village I like this cute little girl Smile! They are so adorable and know well to pose for photographing We crossed the river with this dug-out canoe A pretty Arbore girl I like this boy with his face beautifully painted Arbore traditional wear    

(mouse over the thumbnails to view the description, click to enlarge the photo)