Bana man with Manchester United shirt, Dimeka, Omo, Ethiopia

Thousands of Football shirts of Arsenal, Manchester, Chelsea, Milano, etc end up their carreer in... Ethiopia. Sold in the deep south, in the Omo Valley, those second hand clothes are bought by the local tribes. Most of them ignore the meaning of those shirts, and just buy them for the color, the logo, or the shape.

Some, like in Hamer tribe wear at the top of the head a clay helmet where they can put some ostrich feathers when they make a special action, like killing a wild animal,

or...a man. Those tribes won’t exist in few years as the ethiopian governement has launched a

huge plan to develop the area. Soon, a highway coming from Mombassa - Nairobi will pass thru the villages to reach Addis Ababa.


© Eric Lafforgue

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Taken on July 10, 2012