Photographer's Note

The Dassanach are a predominantly pasturalist tribe living in southern Ethiopia and adjacent areas in South Sudan and Kenya. Their lifestyle has been heavily modified by lack of access to land in recent times, as more land is taken for (foreign financed) plantations of various sorts. Previously their huts were covered in animal skins, but lack of land means lack of livestock and therefore skins. Plastic and galvanised iron are the alternative.

The men of the tribe do not actually live in their family huts (which you can see in the BG), apart from fortnightly conjugal visits. They stay in the surrounding bush with their cattle, defending against incursions by other tribes in the region. The tribal groups in the Omo Valley area, not only the Dassanach, live in a state of perpetual conflict with each other.

f/7.1, ISO200, 1/500s, 18mm

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Additional Photos by Stephen Harnett (SteveH) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 407 W: 101 N: 1297] (8220)
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