DROUGHT IN ETHIOPIA
The Borana tribe, part of Oromo people who make up around a third of the Ethiopian population, is suffering from drought for months. Cows are dying, meanwhile many people are complaining the lack of support from the government, thus generating massive uprisings, repressions and killing hundreds of protesters.
Borana live in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia with a population of 500,000. They are semi pastoralists. Their life depends on their livestock, which are their only wealth. Their cattle are used in sacrifices and also as dowry or to pay legal fines. For one year, there has been no rain and more than 15,000 cows have died in Ethiopia.
Photo shows: Borana clans own their own wells that run for centuries. They are vital in these Borana arid areas.
The wells are called the singing wells: the young, strong men carry the water from the well to the top where people and animals wait for their turn. The songs are usually about the cattle. Singing is a way to keep a good tempo in the chain.
Conflicts over water are forbidden. If someone starts a fight, he will have to sacrifice one cow or risk being banned from the wells which is virtually a death penalty in the community.
But due to the drought, those wells are mostly dry, and people must find other solutions...
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