Tuesday, January 03, 2006

African Tibet

I wonder if the Surma, or other ethnic people living in Ethiopia's remote regions, have heard of the ongoing post election strife. Would they even care? Ethiopia's population is over 74 million, and growing, with over 70 different ethnic groups. Hard to imagine how EPRDF, CUD, or UEDF, each largely representing individual ethnic groups, can claim to be the legitimate representative of Ethiopians. The Surma, as fierce as they look (savage by Western standards), have a strict code of conduct to solve disputes...And turn the concept of beauty upon its head!

In pictures: Ethiopia's remote people (BBC News) January 3, 2006