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The South Omo Valley


The Rift Valley forms one of Ethiopia’s most remarkable sights, cutting through the country on a long axis that runs approximately north to south. The Omo River travels roughly 1,000 kilometers, crossing from southwestern Ethiopia into Kenya. Dozens of tribes inhabit a tiny space, with their varied customs, elaborate hairdos, and their handicrafts of wood, cowry shells, or beads. The most prominent of them, the Hamer have some of the most elaborate body decorations in the world. There are also the Mursi, famed for the lip plates that their women wear, as well as the Karo, Ari, Bana, Tsemai, Arbore, to name a few. Yet some of the time honored customs of this indigenous people are being challenged by incursions of modernity.

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