Ethiopia’s Omo Valley | Africa’s Last Frontier, National Geographic Magazine: Cows are Money in Omo River Area of Ethiopia

The Omo brings life to all tribes people and animals.  Owning cows is highly valued and without them a man cannot marry. People in this region would much rather have cows than paper money. This is Boli Crossing near Lake Diba where local pastoralists bring their cows and goats to drink. Lake Diba is a boon to the Karo and supplies a lot of their food.  The lake fills up when the Omo floods.  Even though the Gibe III Dam is supposed to unleash a flood once a year there is still skepticism. Locals say, “They may as well come here and kill us.”

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