Ethiopia’s Omo Valley | Africa’s Last Frontier, National Geographic Magazine: Child and His Baboon

A Musi child paints the face of his monkey hoping to earn a few tourists dollars if he is photographed. Influence from outsiders changes the tribal Ethiopian culture from one of pride in customs to one of begging or asking to be paid.

The Suri village of Tulgit is long sheltered from the outside world by the difficult terrain, but this boy will grow up in a nation pushing hard to modernize and integrate its far-flung tribes. “It’s important to stop the nomadic life,” one Suri official says. “Peace and stability are the most important things for us now.”

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