Photojournalist Daniel Sullivan has been documenting the lives of the tribes of the Omo Valley and how they will be affected by the Gibe III damn, Africa’s most destructive damn which will condemn half a million of the regions isolated and vulnerable tribes to hunger and conflict. The tribes Sullivan has been documenting, the Kara(Karo), the Mursi, the Hamar, and the Nyangatom live in a state of constant hunger, relying on the river for their drinking water, fishing, agriculture and livestock. For the people of the Omo River the water is a lifeline.
Many of the tribes do yet know about the damn, which is scheduled for completion in 2011. The construction of the damn will cause what many are saying will be the greatest ecocide of our generation.
The Omo basin is also home to the last remaining riparian forest remaining in sub-Sahara Africa. The Gibe III damn will cause the forest to dry out, taking with it the last of the big animals living there, including baboons, elephants, hyenas, hippopotamus, cheetahs, lions and countless birds.
To learn more about the tribes of the Omo Valley and how you can help visit www.survivalinternational.org
More of Daniel Sullivan's work can be found at www.danielsullivanphotography.com