AA MISC.: Change in Omo Valley – The First Bridge on Lower Omo in Ethiopia

Change is coming: Chinese drilling for oil are gearing up for resource extraction. The first good road is coming into the area, and the village of Omorate will have the first bridge in the entire Omo valley.  A construction worker is helping to build one of the supports.  The bridge will allow tourists from Kenya and truck drivers bringing supplies and aid from NGOs. The river will no longer supply food, however, and the tribes of this valley will have to find other kinds of work to survive. They must integrate with the emerging culture that this new road and bridge will bring. The bridge has been planned for 22 years.

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