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Hamer Tribe Teenager, Turmi, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Hamer Tribe Teenager, Turmi, Omo Valley, Ethiopia
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Hamer tribe still practices ritual infanticide; if the first tooth appears in the upper jaw, instead of the lower, the child becomes what they called “mingi”, and this applies also to the baby teeth and the adult teeth when the kids are 7 or 8.
If a "mingi" kid is kept in the village by the mother, elders believe droughts, famines and diseases will come in the community, so they kill the babies... The practise of “Mingi” is also used to qualify twins, girl (expensive dowries are required to marry a daughter), baby who is born from a non approved pregnancy. As a baby is declared “Mingi” it is like he was sentenced to death, only few of them can survive. The tribes get ride of the “Mingi” kid by leaving them in the desert without food or water or by drowning them in the river. This kind of practise tends to disappear in the Karo tribe.

© Eric Lafforgue
Date: 2013-07-31 13:45:40

Beautiful woman Braided hair Cauri Clay Color picture Colorful Colour picture Cowry Cute Day Developing country Ethiopia Ethiopian Ethiopian ethnicity Ethnic Ethnology Face Female Front view Hair Haircut Hairness Hairstyle Hamar Hamer Hamer bena woreda Hamer-bena bena Hammer Head and shoulders Horizontal Horn of africa Human face Indigenous culture Jewelry Lifestyles Midadult women Necklace Omo river valley Omo valley Omo13 8196 One adult One people One person One person only One woman only Only teenage girls Only women Ornament Outdoors Pastoral Pearl People Photography Portrait Real people Red ochre Semi-dress Shell Snnpr South ethiopia Southern ethiopia Tradition Traditional Traditional clothing Traditional culture Tribal Tribe True people Turmi Typical Woman

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superb portrait.
janis kwasney 2013-07-31 14:58:59
Stunning Portrait..!!!
Neelima Muneef 2013-07-31 15:24:12
Jazz Sandoval 2013-07-31 15:38:10
very nice
celestino2011 2013-07-31 15:38:11
very nice black and white, and I do like the eyes, the white is impacting here!
elena carpani 2013-07-31 16:58:08
This is beyond beautiful.
veadavies 2013-07-31 17:04:53
Great portrait!
CarloAlessioCozzolino 2013-07-31 18:02:40
absolutely stunning!
lille abe 2013-07-31 18:31:39
ahmadnursalim_musytari 2013-07-31 19:14:25
fantastic you are a great photographer.... thanks for showing us your great shots
antonmuhlbock 2013-07-31 20:30:03
Those eyes.
Great portrait . . .
Jorge ARTeaga 2013-07-31 20:46:53
josef... 2013-07-31 21:00:59
Superbe N&B !
Paul Rodrigues Photographies -OFF- 2013-07-31 21:43:27
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bokage 2013-08-01 01:54:31
Splendid portrait!
MrBlackSun 2013-08-01 02:23:52
Fat Burns ☮ (gone bush) 2013-08-01 02:30:04
!!! --> Fav
Christian.Schwartz 2013-08-01 02:36:45
Startling eyes - great shot Eric! ... and as always your commentary is fascinating - thanks!
Niall Corbet 2013-08-01 03:08:04
Cette image est vraiment, vraiment spéciale. Je ne sais pas trop comment l'expliquer, mais elle m'a vraiment marqué, depuis que je l'ai vu je ne peux pas me l'ôter de l'esprit. C'est sans doute le regard très franc et très particulier de la jeune fille. J'ai du mal à détourner le regard mais elle me met presque mal à l'aise, il y a quelque chose d'unique dans ses yeux, j'y vois autant de la douceur qu'une détermination presque féroce.
Ce noir et blanc est absolument sublime. En fait, c'est tout ce portrait qui est magnifique. Ça me donne envie d'en accrocher une version d'un mètre de large dans mon salon !
Lismel 2013-08-01 03:16:31
Nick Kenrick. 2013-08-01 22:41:02
High Peak and Lowland 2013-08-02 00:59:45
zet11 2013-08-02 02:10:11
Wow, beautiful portrait, accompanied by disturbing cultural details. Superstition is stupid in both traditional and modern cultures.
ScottS101 2013-08-03 01:07:10
Fat Burns ☮ (gone bush) 2013-08-03 14:34:05
Mario Bertocchi 2013-08-18 14:03:11
stoneth 2013-09-10 15:17:57
beyond this amazing photograph the story which you tell is very dark…compare to our culture it seems like horrible, but this might make for them sense enough , so that they perpetuate this tradition.
yan richard 2013-12-02 06:17:23
Beautiful shot! I read your interesting narrative which left me wondering what is the position of the Ethopien Government on this Human Rights Violation practice and also whether the U. N. is aware?

[] Other cultures, too, have their dark histories ;) ...
Mubeen Mughal 2013-12-24 19:06:48
Questa fotografia è stata nominata/This photo has been nominated LA PERLA NERA DI QUESTA SETTIMANA / THE BLACK PEARL OF THIS WEEk

Un'altra perla nera! / Another black pearl! - View this group's most interesting photos on Flickriver
Massimo De Dominicis 2014-01-18 01:07:02
Really great picture !
"Exceptionnal picture and tribute for world people."

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uhx72 2014-06-14 00:25:01
Great capture
wolf4mann 2014-07-10 02:20:28
"Exceptionnal picture and tribute for world people."

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Congrats my friend !!!
MaxSkyMax 2014-07-28 18:52:37
Splendida !!
rik58 2014-12-05 02:30:42

"Exceptionnal picture and tribute for world people."

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Congrats my friend !!!
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