With a population of about 47,000 the Hamar people are one of the larger groups of the Omo River valley. We visited a Hamar village close to Buska Lodge late one afternoon, and ended up spending the evening there. The people, nearly all women and children as the men were away with their cattle, were very welcoming, and you can see below that the village was in good order and very tidy.
Eric, one of the American couple who we were travelling with, is a keen birder, and he enjoyed asking the Hamar children the local names of the birds in his book.
Lindsey took the photo above of a young lad (lying down) we named 50 Cent’s (because he had a dollar sign pendant). He was extremely bright and friendly, and he hopes to one day be a doctor.
Two girls came up and plaited Lindsey’s hair.
As it was Eric’s birthday, our guide Alex bought a goat which the butcher expertly prepared for the braai.
We were offered a sample of the blood. We declined.
We really enjoyed the goat, washed down with tej (honey wine). The village joined in with our feast, and soon the dancing started.
A wonderful day! One of my best memories of Africa, and many thanks to Simien Image Tour & Travel for making it happen.