The 20,000-strong Daasanach (meaning ‘People of the Delta’) inhabit the southernmost region of the valley, where the Omo River Delta enters Lake Turkana. Despite the lake and delta, this is an incredibly dry region, with a desert to the west and southwest. Daytime temperatures easily reach 35 degrees Celsius.
“A close friend can become a close enemy”
As for most other communities of the Omo Valley, cattle are central to the lives of the Daasanach. Meat and milk are their staple foods. When they lose their cattle to disease, drought or raid by a neighbouring clan, they turn to the world’s largest desert lake for sustenance – hunting fish, crocodile and the occasional hippopotamus.