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Fresh scars for this Menit tribe girl - Tum Ethiopia

This teenager was in Tum, in Southern Nations Nationalities and People's Region, Ethiopia, she is from Menit tribe, a tribe which is not really friend with Surma! As you can see on her face, she has fresh scars made by scratching the skin. it is a beauty sign in the tribe. With those scars, the girl will have more value when she will be sold for wedding.

Surma also offer to the few tourists to see a scarification ceremony (you must pay a big amount for this), and use razor blades to make scars on the tits of the young women. I refused to pay for this as it was like paying for a torture session - for me. So you won't see any picture of this ceremony, which is made also when tourists are not there, but which is aslo made specially for tourists!


© Eric Lafforgue

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Taken on July 3, 2010