“Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.” ― Wendell Berry Read a related article: The Race to Save Ethiopians Damned by the Dam, by Al Mariam   - Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

Ethiopia: Dams threaten Indigenous communities, Omo Valley, Lake Turkana

http://youtu.be/oAxVrUV9tbs A Cascade of Development on the Omo River by International Rivers, with photos by Alison M. Jones, 2014 (11:19). This film outlines how Ethiopia’s new Gibe Dams will cause a 70% water-level reduction over the next 3 years - and thus drastically impact Ethiopia’s Omo River, its Lake Turkana terminus in Kenya, and ½ … Continue reading Ethiopia: Dams threaten Indigenous communities, Omo Valley, Lake Turkana

Can this baby hold onto its culture?

Southwest Ethiopia is arid; but monsoon rains in Omo River highlands have sustained generations of indigenous people downstream. Over many millennia, stable cultural systems have emerged from patterns of interaction with the perennial Omo River. Here, Nyangatom men are fiercely proud; Karo children are playful and creative; Hamar women are strong; swaddled Mursi babies are loved; … Continue reading Can this baby hold onto its culture?

NWNL photos featured in article

NWNL images from the Omo River Basin are featured in a recent article by Peter Bosshard,  How Chinese Loans Could Fuel Regional Conflict in East Africa. He writes, "The indigenous peoples of the Lower Omo Valley and Lake Turkana are extremely poor, but well-armed. They have a long history of resource conflicts over water, fisheries, … Continue reading NWNL photos featured in article