OMO


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At the margins of life in a dry and challenging land.

Populated by a diversity of ethnic groups, each displaying their own colorful ceremonies and traditions, the Lower Omo Valley in south west Ethiopia is home to various local tribes. The Mursi, Bodi, Hamar, Karo, Suri, Daasanach, Kwegu and Nyangatom live along the Omo River and depend on it for their livelihood, having intricately adapted to the harsh and often unpredictable conditions of the region’s semi-arid climate.

A massive hydro-electric dam, Gibe III, has now been built on the river in order to support the irrigation of vast commercial plantations, forcing the tribes from their land into resettlement areas. It is feared that the dam and plantations may destroy the fragile environment and lead to catastrophic consequences for these tribes who already live close to the margins of existence.