28 Aug Shooting “Raw” in the Omo Valley

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“Prepare yourselves.” – This was the advice of our guide, Marius, on our first night in Addis Ababa.

“It’s going to be raw, raw, raw!”

I knew what he meant by “raw”. We would be living rough, in a makeshift, temporary camp with no electricity, no running water, and no connectivity. But “raw” has another side too. Spending time in a genuinely untouched environment, far from our civilization, in a place that is out of reach and unseen by most people on the planet.

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And now, here we were, living amongst the Suri people in the Omo Valley, experiencing their way of life, immersed in their daily routine. Discovering what raw really means.

It took 3 days of travel from Addis Ababa to reach the Omo. First, we flew to Jimma and from there, we continued by car. Moving from cities to towns, to villages, to… nowhere. On the final day of driving, we soon saw the last of paved roads. We chugged along on improvised dirt paths, obstructed by cowherds and muddy river streams. Our destination? Deep in the jungle with the Suri village spiraling a web around us in all directions.

The minute we arrived at the camp, Marius gave us some hopeful news.

“There’s a wedding in the village today. I’ve been

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