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“After the dam, nothing is good”: How Ethiopia’s mega project devastated centuries of survival strategies

May 29, 2024
African Arguments

Over thousands of seasons across hundreds of years, eight distinct peoples honed their strategies for surviving in the Lower Omo Valley. The dry and often unforgiving conditions in this semi-arid region of southwest Ethiopia would be inhospitable for most, but these groups learnt to adapt to unpredictable rainfall and the ebbs and flows of the Omo River.