Omo River

The People of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley May Not Survive This Time Around

Members of the Karo ethnic group by the Omo River
The diverse indigenous ethnic groups of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley may have made it past severe threats to their survival during decades of occupation by Emperor Menelik, but the current land grabs for industrial plantations, spurred by construction of the Gibe 3 Dam, may spell the end of life as they know it.

Listening to Kara Women Speak: One Woman’s Journey to the Omo River

A Kara woman.
When photographer Jane Baldwin visited Ethiopia's Omo River in 2004, she didn't know it would turn into a ten-year project that would change her life...and bring her to environmental activism.

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Tribesmen in Lake Turkana
Monday, July 27, 2015
Lake Turkana sustains the tribes in Kenya’s remote north, but projects upstream threaten its lifeblood.

The Scramble for Water, Land and Oil in the Lower Omo Valley

Sunday, January 25, 2015
The remote Omo watershed in East Africa encompasses life-giving rivers and a huge desert lake in both Kenya and Ethiopia. Home to a number of tribal peoples who make their living from the land and waters, this region is now undergoing rapid transformation from major industrial projects that are taking resources from local people. At the core of this industrialization is Gibe III Dam. Ethiopia has repeatedly and deliberately ignored the ways that Gibe III Dam and related plantations affect downstream livelihoods and Lake Turkana. Externalizing costs, and isolating developments from their region

A Month in the Cradle of Humanity

Turkana fishermen
The scorching sun beats down as I trek across the hot, dry sand. Streams of sweat snake down my back and I fan myself to cool my complaining body. Looking around, I see scattered thorn trees and dry grass clumps peppering the landscape.

Community Voices from Lake Turkana

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
“We don’t accept this. We disagree with whoever is planning this. We will never agree to it. Once the dam is functional, everything people feed on will disappear. Starvation will take over.” - Rebecca Arot, Turkana Pastoralist The people of Lake Turkana in Kenya are facing catastrophic changes from upstream developments in Ethiopia. In the years since Ethiopia began building the Gibe III Dam on the Omo River, there has been little effort to understand and document the concerns of the downstream communities that will be badly affected by this huge project. In addition to the changes t

የልማት ጎርፍ በኦሞ ወንዝ ላይ

Monday, February 24, 2014
photo by Alison Jones for No Water No Life በኢትዮጵያ በታችኛው የኦሞ ሸለቆ እየተገነቡ ያሉት ተያያዥ የልማት ፕሮጀክቶች በወንዙ የውኃ ፍሰት እና ከወንዙ ጋር ህይወቱን አቆራኝቶ በሚኖረው የአካባቢው ህብረተሰብ ዘንድ ታላቅ አደጋን ጋርጦ ይገኛል፡፡ እንደዚሁም በጊቤ ሶስት የኤሌክትሪክ ግድብ ግንባታ እና ከዚሁ ጋር በተያያዘ መልኩ እየተከናወነ ባለው ከፍተኛ የመስኖ ልማት ልማት ስራ
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