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Photographer Works to End Secret Ritual in Ethiopia

Working to end an ancient ritual that has resulted in child deaths in Ethiopia, John Rowe photographed tribe members in the Omo Valley.

Face of a young boy painted with clay and crowned with green leaves.

Read the story: Breaking With Brutal Tradition: Young Tribesman Fights for Babies' Lives

John Rowe

A young boy covered in ash from the fire on a foggy morning caring for cattle in the hills of the Omo Valley.

John Rowe

After a long day herding his cattle while they grazed a Suri "cowboy" brings them back to camp for the night.

John Rowe

A traditional Suri woman wearing her only garment, a cow skin decorated with her own original unique design.

John Rowe

Young Suri warriors face-off before they "Donga" a violent fight with hard wooden sticks, sometimes for honor other times to impress young women and gain respect from their peers. Occasionally injuries from the Donga are fatal and it is now outlawed by the government. However, Donga fights do continue today in clandestine locations.

John Rowe

Bartu, a strong Suri "cowboy" leads a semi-nomadic life. His location always depends on where there is good grazing for the cattle.

John Rowe

Sunset over the Kara people at Dus Village, Omo River Southwest Ethiopia. Read the story: Breaking With Brutal Tradition: Young Tribesman Fights for Babies' Lives

John Rowe