I feel honoured if my work with the Kara people is inspiring you to travel to Ethiopia. Perhaps you consider to visit some of the many peoples in Southern Ethiopia. Since a few years, there is a road heading towards one of the Kara community villages. Unfortunately, most of the current Omo Valley tribes tourism practices are not beneficial to the tribe communities. However, today there is way of visiting the Kara people in a manner that respects and supports them : please read here below for more information.
Located in south west Ethiopia, the Omo Valley is a spectacularly beautiful and diverse landscape. The area is a melting pot of cultures and communities and represents some of the greatest genetic variance on the continent. The Omo River flows along the valley floor on the last leg of its journey to Lake Turkana, the largest desert lake in the world. The river plays as essential part in the lives of local communities and serves as an umbilical cord for Lake Turkana. Many describe the Omo as being the birthplace of mankind. It’s not hard to see why.
Unfortunately, poor understanding of the different cultures, degrading tourism practices and, most seriously, the damming of the Omo River threatens the livelihoods and way of life of the peoples of the Omo. Large swathes of the area have been allocated for sugar plantations. Alongside this, a series of hydro-electric dams are upsetting natural flooding patterns that local tribes depend on for farming.