The People of Lower Omo valley

The lower Omo is home to a remarkable mix of small, contrasting ethnic groups not only the Bume and the Karo, but also the Geleb, the Bodi, the Mursi, the Surma, the Arbore, and the Hamer, to name but a few. Lifestyles are as various as the tribes themselves. The Burne and Karo mingle with the pastoral Geleb and the transhumant Hamer. The Mursi and the Surma, meanwhile, mix basic subsistence cultivation with small-scale cattle-herding - lives of simplicity uncluttered by the pressures of the modern world.