Life in the Omo Valley, in southwest Ethiopia, has changed very little since the turn of the first millennium. Over 200,000 indigenous peoples live a simple life of hunting and raising cattle along the banks of the River Omo. Within the village, the women build and take down the huts during migrations.
“A close friend can become a close enemy”
There are serious concerns about the impact of a gigantic dam, currently under construction. It will produce much-needed electricity, but at the same time reduce the river’s flow and tame the seasons of flood and retreat. The fencing of game parks is another threat, restricting the freedom of the local indigenous peoples.