The Omo Valley, situated in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, southwest Ethiopia, is home to an estimated 200,000 indigenous peoples who have lived there for millennia. The indigenous groups have always traded between each other, for beads, food, cattle and cloth. More recently, a new in guns and bullets has grown.

“A close friend can become a close enemy” 

The indigenous groups live a simple life of hunting, gathering, raising cattle and growing sorghum along the banks of the River Omo. They have been influenced by evangelist missionaries and are Muslim by name. Traditional animism is also still practised. The groups now share a polytheist mixture of beliefs.

Hamar people, Turmi village, Southern Omo, Ethiopia, 2011 Laita, Goiti, Aida, Dansho, Oito Mako, Oito, Wachee, Bito, Alati, Bito, Koto, Hamar, Turmi village, Southern Omo, Ethiopia, 2011