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El sod volcano Ethiopia

El Sod is a former volcano with only a crater lake remaining now.

It takes 45 minutes to reach by going down, to see the Boranas tribe working in the green waters to put out some black mud which contains some salt. The men work totally nude, even if they are muslim. The salt will be given both to animals and people.

To climb up the crater, it takes more than one hour under a very hot sun... So once the men have finished to fill up bags of 25 kg, they put 2 on donkeys and come back to village. They can do this 2 or 3 times a day. The salt attacks the skin, the eyes, and the whole body as they have to dive to take the mud. It's an incredible place to see in the 21th century.


© Eric Lafforgue

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Taken on October 21, 2008