The lost world of the Omo Valley: Incredible photographs reveal the untouched tribal communities of Ethiopia whose ancient way of life is now under threat
These incredible pictures of the lost world of the Omo Valley tribes in Ethiopia allow a glimpse into one of the most remote and beautiful parts of the world.
But beneath the surface, growing tourism is having a ‘negative impact’ on these relatively untouched tribal communities and the 200,000 people that belong to them.
Over the past few years, traditional tribal life in the Omo Valley is claimed to have been threatened by modern developments.
A Karo tribesman, of which there are only 1,500 left, poses for a photograph next to the famous Omo River
A young boy from the Mursi tribe looks at the camera while covered in bright white body paint
A woman from the Mursi tribe with a plate in her lip carries a young baby while also balancing a basket on her head
A boy from the Mursi tribe wears a dazzling collection of ornaments on his head, including two huge tusks
The Mursi tribe are famous for their lip stretching traditions, for which they use clay plates to extend the hole in their bottom lip
A young boy wearing brightly coloured beads stands beside the Omo River, where some 200,000 people live
Hamar Tribe man comes of age by leaping over a line of cattle in a traditional ceremony known as ‘bull jumping’
This breathtaking series of images by photographer Massimo Rumi capture a traditional way of life during a time of change.
Mr Rumi, from Italy, said: ‘As any photographer I was drawn to the Omo Valley not by its landscape, but by the people who live in this area, the ochre-skinned Hamer, the lip-plated Mursi, the painted Karo, and the beautifully decorated Daasanach women.