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The Mountains Of Ethiopia

The mountain highlands of Ethiopia are a tough place to scratch out an existence… Extremely isolated and in a harsh, unforgiving environment, it doesn’t take much for things to go very wrong out here. And, in fact, this area was near ground zero for the infamous famines of the 1980s.

However, there is an undeniable raw beauty out here:

Ethiopia mountains

Driving through the mountains:

Ethiopia mountains

Ethiopia mountains

Some of the villages we drove through… Pretty primitive out here:

The mountains of Ethiopia

Ethiopia mountains

Ethiopia mountains

Ethiopia mountains

Ethiopia mountains

A Westerner elicits much excitement:

Ethiopia mountains

Given the desert-like conditions in the mountains, water is a very precious resource indeed. To capture as much of it as possible and to utilize it fully, the land near villages has been extensively terraced:

Ethiopia mountains

Ethiopia mountains

Ethiopia mountains

Ethiopia mountains

A dry riverbed:

Ethiopia mountains

This village was established next to a seasonal stream in order to capture as much water as possible when it is available:

Ethiopia mountains

Riverbeds usually have high water tables… This well was established in the middle of this particular riverbed to take advantage of that fact:

Ethiopia mountains

Those that lead lives of isolation out here have to be tough:

Ethiopia mountains

Ethiopia mountains

Ethiopia mountains

Ethiopia mountains

As a supplement to their meager crops, the Ethiopians also raise livestock… During a drought, the crops will fail from a lack of water. However, livestock can hang on a little longer by foraging the native vegetation. However, once that is gone, they die as well – soon to be followed by humans:

Ethiopia mountains

Sunset in the mountains of Ethiopia:

Ethiopia mountains

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4 thoughts on “The Mountains Of Ethiopia

  1. The first photograph of a tree is so interesting. It looks like it should be some kind of creature in a Guillemro del Toro movie.

    It’s hard to believe there can be such dissolation and yet people continue to inhabit such seemingly inhospitable places. Does it speak to the strenght of the human will or how superfluous lifestyles have become in developed nations?

    I’m curious to know if you have come across a glaringly obvious need for medical care among the people you have met.

  2. There are still places in the world out there that live in an extremely primitive way. Difficult to believe, uh? I couldn’t believe it either when I saw it with my own eyes… complete isolation has is attractiveness though.

  3. Pingback: Ashetan, Ethiopia « The Velvet Rocket

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