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Bana girls hiding from the sun
Bana, girls, Ethiopia, Market, colorful,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bana people live live in the south-west part of Ethiopia, in the Omo river basin. It is a small Ethnic group, numbering about 30,000 people, but, as they are close relatives of the Hamer ethnic group, they share  the same (Omotic) language, and the same culture. They inter-marry with The Hamer.

The Bana divided into more than 20 clans, which are separated  into two moieties: the Galabu and the Binna.

These days, the road to Jinka cross their territory, and  due to the road, Key-Afar, the main village,  became a small town with an impressive Thursday market. The effect on the Bana culture is huge, with mostly the young people abandoning  the tradition.

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