Mursi Tribe at War

Mursi Tribe at War

In Ethiopia, I traveled into the southern Omo Valley where I found a region of high heat, searing sunlight and ample dust. The area is a cultural gem, as some of the world’s most fascinating and least disturbed tribal cultures live in this inhospitable climate. In all, there are over 50 different tribal groups in Southern Ethiopia.

Like so many places in our world, conflict is part of the daily grind for the Mursi. When I came upon this tribe, they were in the midst of conflict over alleged cattle rustling, had abandoned their village and collected themselves at a government checkpoint for safety. Still armed, they were in a fairly relaxed state as they entertained my request to photograph them.

When I look at these images, I can’t help but wonder what happened to them and how many survived this conflict.

Similar to other poorly serviced areas, it’s not only guns and violence that kill within the Omo Valley. It is also the lack of basic education and health-care services. As such, the tribes of the Omo Valley are among the world’s most vulnerable.

These images awaken a great deal of emotion in me. If they stir up something for you, please post to the blog and share.

Gordon Ross