Ethiopia - The Omo Valley - 2017

Expedition to the Southern Omo Valley in search of the different ethnic tribes that colours this region.
Mursi woman  Trying to open a conversation with this Mursi lady - December 2017 Dassanech  Showing the result of their picture that I just had been taken - Dassanech - Omo valley - december 2017 Omo Valley  The land is largely dry savanna, with the Omo River cutting a nearly 475-mile-long swath down to Lake Turkana on the Kenya border. Dassanech - Omo Valley - december 2017 Hamer Tribe  With some of the Hamer residents - Omo Valley - december 2017
Mursi  I had the most rewarding time at this Mursi village - december 2017 Ethiopians  During our road trip through the Omo Valley, we found time to stop at local villages where we experienced friendliness from the residents - december 2017 Ari  Ari woman at the Key Afer market - Omo Valley - december 2017 Dassanech  Young Dassanech girl - Omo Valley - december 2017
Hamer boy  Young boy at the Hamer village - december 2017 Hamer  The Hamar (also spelled Hamer) are an Omotic community inhabiting southwestern Ethiopia. They live in Hamer woreda (or district), a fertile part of the Omo River valley - december 2017 Hamer  The Hamar live in Hamer woreda (or district), a fertile part of the Omo River valley, in the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR). They are largely pastoralists, so their culture places a high value on cattle. - December 2017 Hamer girl  The Hamar are known for their unique custom of "bull jumping," which initiates a boy into manhood. First, female relatives dance and invite whipping from men who have recently been initiated; this shows their support of the initiate, and their scars give them a right to demand his help in time of need. - December 2017
Dassanech kids  Omo Valley Ethiopia and the indigenous people and tribes - december 2017 Mursi Lady  The Mursi, Chai and Tirma are probably the last groups in Africa amongst whom it is still the norm for women to wear large pottery or wooden discs or ‘plates’ in their lower lips. - December 2017 Dassanech  I enjoyed very much frolicking with these lovely kids while taking pictures - december 2017 Hamer girl  Hamer are one of the most known tribes in Southwestern Ethiopia.  December 2017
Hamer  Neatly groomed Hamer man - december 2017 Mursi-8  A girl’s lower lip is cut, by her mother or by another woman of her settlement, when she reaches the age of 15 or 16. The cut is held open by a wooden plug until the wound heals, which can take around 3 months. - December 2017 Hamer  This Hamer woman has some life marks on her face - december 2017 Mursi woman  The Mursi tribe are an African tribe from the isolated Omo valley in Southern Ethiopia near the border with Sudan. - December 2017
Mursi-14  The Mursi tribe are one of the last remaining tribes in Africa to still wear traditional dress and accessories. - December 2017 Mursi-15  Tribal boy at the Mursi village - december 2017 Mursi woman  The women are famous for their unique headdresses. - december 2017 Mursi man  A Mursi man proudly showing his jewelry - december 2017
Mursi  According to the 1994 national census, there were 3,163 people who were identified as Mursi in the SNNPR. (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region) - december 2017 Omo Valley  Mother and child at one of the villages on the way to Arba Minch - Omo Valley - december 2017 Omo River  Ferry on the Omo River - Dassanech - december 2017 Dassanech  This is the most southerly of the tribes who live in Ethiopia's Omo Valley. In this harsh world, there are times when members of the Dassanech tribe lose their cattle and goats, and with them their livelihood. - december 2017
Ethiopia - The Omo Valley  Ethiopia - The Omo Valley : An expedition to the Southern Omo Valley in search of the ethnic tribes that lives in this colourful region. - december 2017 Dassanech  The lands of the Dassanech have seen severe and sustained droughts for many years. In August 2006, in the harshest of ironies, their lands were struck by severe flooding. - december 2017 Dassanech-28  The Dassanech are a people living on the margins, having to constantly adapt to their changing environment. This tribe had left a deep impression on me. The drought, the remoteness, the sandstorms.....  december 2017 Ethiopia road trip  During our road trip in the Southern Omo Valley, we stopped at this local village. - december 2017
Arba Minch  A mass at one of the underground churches near Arba Minch - december 2017 Hamer  A group photo with the Hamer tribe - december 2017 Ari  Ari girls wearing colourfull headbands - december 2017 Mingling witht he Mursi  The Mursi tribe maintain an ancient way of bartering and sharing goods with other tribe members. - december 2017
Hamer  Honey collection is the major activity of the Hamer and their cattle is the meaning of their life. They will stay for a few months wherever there is enough grass for grazing, putting up their round huts. When the grass is finished, they will move on to new pasture grounds. This is the way they have been living for generations. - december 2017 Mursi boy  The young Mursi boy is as curious as myself - december 2017 Dassanech  Daasanach Tribe. Lower Omo River Valley. South West Ethiopia. Dassanech adolescent girls. Women are usually circumcised and are married off when they are 17 years old. Women who are not circumcised are called animals or boys and are not allowed to marry or wear clothes. Boys are circumcised and the men marry when they are 20. - december 2017 Hamer  Marriage between the Hamer tribe requires ‘bride wealth’, a payment made to the woman’s family and generally made up of goats, cattle and guns. Although it’s paid over time like instalments of a bank loan, it’s so high (30 goats and 20 head of cattle) that it can't usually be paid back in a lifetime. - december 2017
Hamer girl  We were invited into this lovely girl's home where we given a local brewed drink which I politely refused. After she invited me to spend the night which I equally politely refused. - december 2017 Hamer-14  It's a real privilege to get to know the Hamer. - december 2017 Hamer  Often, I noticed men carrying rifles in the Omo Valley but never I felt unsafe - december 2017 The team  Left to right : Shime, the tourguide, Ray, a travelmate from Belfast, the driver who's (difficult) name I never remembered and myself.  What a great tour done by a equally great team ! One of my most memorable trips ever for sure. After retuning home, I realize what an epic adventure we had spent in Ethiopia. - december 2017
Hamer sunset  The sunset under this acacia tree at the Hamer village - december 2017 Hawassa  After the Omo Valley road trip, time for a night out in Hawassa, a neat town between Arba Minch and Addis Ababa. - december 2017 Key Afer market  At the colourful Key Afer Market where the Omo tribes mingle and trade their wares - december 2017 Konso  Lovely kids at Konso - december 2017
Konso  Spending time with the kids at Konso - december 2017 Konso-9  Kids at the town of Konso - december 2017 Konso-20  Kids at Konso town - december 2017 Konso  Shy girl at Konso Town - december 2017
Konso  Trying a local brew - a strong sort of rice wine. December 2017 Konso  Hanging around the town of Konso with these lovely kids that followed us every step we take - december 2017 Konso  Playing pool with the locals - Konso town - december 2017 Konso  Life in Konso - december 2017
Mursi  Young boys in the Omo Valley - december 2017 Mursi  Mursi tribe lives in an extremely hard-to-reach area between the rivers of Mago and Omo. - december 2017 Mursi  Mursi women are easily recognizable and are known for the huge ceramic plates that are inserted into their lower lips. - december 2017 Mursi  Piercing of the lower lip is performed on young girls who have reached the age of 12-13 y.o. Initially, a small wooden disk is inserted into the lip. Then its size is gradually increased, stretching the woman’s lip. It is then switched to a ceramic saucer. In order to insert it into the girl’s lip her lower teeth are knocked out. - december 2017