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School in a Konso village Ethiopia | by Eric Lafforgue
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School in a Konso village Ethiopia

Most of the kids in south Ethiopia do not have access to schools as they are in remote places and have to work early help the parents. Konso are a rather rich tribe, with big villages (up to 5 000 people). So schools can be seen, like this one.

On the wall, the map of Ethiopia

The Konso are quite a rich tribe, because they have a lot of fields. The villages are really big, organized like wood fortresses, and are ruled by traditional chiefs.

In the village, there are statues, called "Wagas" or "Wakas", which represent dead Konso chiefs or heros who had a heroic life -they killed animals, enemies... But since antique shops have bought the oldest ones, nowadays they tend to be very rare.

The Konso had an interesting tradition after having a fight with an other tribe: they take the tibia bones of their dead ennemies, burn them to ashes, and then dance around.

Before the women were all half nude with a typical white skirt, but as missionaries are very active in the area, they tend to wear Arsenal tee-shirt to hide their breast... There is actually a big challenge in Ethiopia between christian and muslim activits to convert the remote villages.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added in september 2011 the ‘Konso Cultural Landscape of Ethiopia’ to it's World Heritage List.


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Taken on October 23, 2008