Children of the Omo

ETHIOPIA-10227Surma tribe, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

The Omo River Valley is located in Southwest Ethiopia.
It has been called “the last frontier” in Africa. 

ETHIOPIA-10341NF (1)Kara tribe

There are nine main tribes that occupy the Omo River Valley,
with a population of approximately 225,000 tribal peoples. 

The majority of the people living in the Omo River Valley
live without clean drinking water and without medical care.

ETHIOPIA-10060Surma tribe

It has been a privilege to go back to the Omo Valley in Ethiopia
with my friend, John Rowe, to photograph 
the work he is doing with Lale Labuko
in their mission to end the practice of mingi and to house 
and
shelter the mingi children who have already been rescued.

ETHIOPIA-10105Lale Labuko

Lale,  a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, 
learned about the practice of Mingi and made it his life’s
mission to end ritual infanticide in his tribe’s culture.

http://omochild.org/videos/lale-labukos-story

ETHIOPIA-10306Surma tribe

Mingi is the ritualistic killing of infants and children who are Mingi 
because they are considered impure or cursed.
A child can be mingi for many reasons, 
but once they are mingi they are
left alone in the desert without food and water or drowned in a river.

ETHIOPIA-10039John Rowe and Friends

I met John in Burma. He is a photographer and
successful businessman 
who has founded companies
which develop software for digital media and the entertainment
industry.  
He has also devoted a tremendous amount of time, energy, and
financial assistance to the work of Omo Child.

ETHIOPIA-10248NFKara tribe

ETHIOPIA-10247Kara tribe

The hope is that the rescued children will be future leaders in their communities and
will help raise awareness to help advocate the ending of the tribal practice of mingi.

ETHIOPIA-10277Hamer tribe

To learn more about Lale and John and OmoChild, please visit:
http://omochild.org/

ETHIOPIA-10153Kara tribe

ETHIOPIA-10331Surma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10281NFSurma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10243Surma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10221Surma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10235Surma tribe

BIO-10518NFSteve McCurry with members of the Surma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10151NFKara tribe

ETHIOPIA-10136 (1)Kara Tribe

ETHIOPIA-10152

160 Responses to “Children of the Omo”

  1. Really impressive pictures!

  2. […] can visit McCurry’s blog to see more photos of the […]

  3. Reblogged this on Allure Galore and commented:
    Photographer Steve McCurry took some amazing photos of tribal people living in the Omo River Valley in Ethiopia

  4. Jane Tearle Says:

    As always wonderful portraits in natural surroundings telling a story… one I had never heard. Disturbing.

  5. I love Ethiopia, love this post !!

  6. […] Surma tribe, Omo Valley, EthiopiaThe Omo River Valley is located in Southwest Ethiopia. It has been called “the last frontier” in Africa. Kara tribeThere are nine main tribes that occupy the Omo Ri…  […]

  7. Reblogged this on IN OGNI VIAGGIO and commented:
    Non importa aggiungere nessuna parola al risultato del suo obiettivo su uno sguardo così. #SteveMcCurry

  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    There are no words to describe how I Feel as I look at these pics!! This is a wonderfully sad yet hopeful story. Learning new things every day. That;s what I love about blogging …. MINGI …. check this out!!! Peace …..

  9. I’m so glad I found you through a reblog from the ObamaCrat!! This is a wonderful story! There’s sadness in it but there’s also beauty and hope.

    This is what I love about this wonderful web we find ourselves in. The photography is excellent.
    Wish you the best!!! Peace …

  10. Oh My God…this is simply beautiful as always. you are my inspiration Steve.. I really love and wait to see your shots..

  11. […] world and the photo essays he posts on his blog are amazing.  Take this one for example entitled “Children of the Omo” which takes place in the Omo River Valley in Southwest […]

  12. Every picture tells own stories. Wonderful reportage!

  13. Great job , keep it up brother !

  14. Anonymous Says:

    God bless Ethiopia

  15. Alemgena Belete Says:

    I met Lale last week, and found him such a strong man. I don’t have any awareness about mingi and i am amazed about it and how lale achieved an attitudinal change in a very short period of time. it is really a good job. this is a lesson to all of us and we need to help this young energetic kara boy to end the era of mingi from hamar too. God bless you my dear Lale

  16. […] Plus d’infos sur le site du photographe ici. […]

  17. Your images are haunting Steve. Where would we be without the camera and people like yourself who bring the beauty and the injustices of the world for us to see, and hopefully do something about. Well done Sir.
    Cheers
    Laurie.

  18. Really mind-blowing and deeply moving images, Steve.

  19. […] "The Omo River Valley is located in Southwest Ethiopia. It has been called “the last frontier” in Africa. There are nine main tribes that occupy the Omo River Valley, with a population of approximately 225,000 tribal peoples. " " The majority of the people living in the Omo River Valley live without clean drinking water and without medical care. It has been a privilege to go back to the Omo Valley in Ethiopia with my friend, John Rowe, to photograph the work he is doing with Lale Labuko in their mission to end the practice of mingi and to house and shelter the mingi children who have already been rescued. " " Lale, a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, learned about the practice of Mingi and made it his life’s mission to end ritual infanticide in his tribe’s culture. " – Steve McCurry  […]

  20. amazing blog , nice to be here, regards from Poland, EM

  21. Reblogged this on seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah and commented:
    I just can’t find any word to describe this. You should read it youself, and see the pictures with your own eyes.

  22. Reblogged this on e-Tinkerbell and commented:
    These pictures don’t need to be commented any further. Talent, sensibily beautifully combine here. Enjoy.

  23. El Grande Maestro McCurry!

  24. Fantastic photos, beautiful !

  25. […] Het continent Afrika is in hoog tempo aan het moderniseren, maar er zijn nog steeds gebieden waar de tijd al eeuwen stil lijkt te staan. Een van die gebieden is de afgelegen Omo-vallei in het zuidwesten van Ethiopië. In die vallei leeft een grote groep kinderen die ze mingi noemen. Deze kinderen zijn verstoten omdat de lokale bewoners heel erg bijgelovig zijn. Zo kan een kind een mingi worden als hun eerste tanden in het bovengebit zitten of bij de geboorte van een tweeling. Deze kinderen worden dan zonder eten en drinken in de woestijn achtergelaten. Gelukkig is er tegenwoordig hulp. De stichting Omo Child vangt deze kinderen op en geeft ze een zo goed mogelijk leven. Om aandacht te vragen voor Omo Child heeft de stichting fotograaf Steve McCurry gevraagd om een reportage te schieten over deze kinderen. Een paar van zijn foto’s zie je hieronder, de rest van de serie staat op zijn website. […]

  26. K. Kebede Says:

    world needs to protect these people from the destruction waged by the Ethiopian regime’s land grabbing project to foreign countries

  27. Alejandra Says:

    Simplemente su trabajo es increible.

  28. Your photos are my greatest inspirations.
    I need words to express my admiration for your great photos.
    Especially your portraits are unique.
    Thank you.

  29. […] see more images from McCurry’s series Children of the Omo you can visit his blog. In addition, you can also find out more about the Omo Child charity by visiting their website […]

  30. Great Cover Amazing Visuals

  31. Great blog!
    Cheers,Laura

  32. […] Children of the Omo | Steve McCurry’s Blog. […]

  33. Steve, I don’t think I and others can thank you enough, for the amazing work and talent you share. The message you bring of humanity “that maybe lost, over generations” is documented, as gold through your eyes, emotion and heart in a photograph. Thank you ;o)

  34. These photos are incredibly magical and fantastic compositions !

  35. Reblogged this on P1xel and commented:
    What a pictures full of sensibility and humanity.

  36. What a pictures full of sensibility and humanity.

  37. Lucie van Dongen Says:

    A picture is a poem without words, all yours are inspiring me that though!
    Just wonderful!

  38. Argentina Gutierrez Says:

    Stive , el Dios de la fotgrafa Love you Stive

  39. i am always inspired by your work Steve

  40. Thank you Steve.

  41. Connie Jensen Says:

    gorgeous work as always, Steve– I had no idea about this ritual prior to you bringing it to my attention. Thank you so much for the work you are doing and for sharing these special images with me.

    kindest regards Connie Fisher Jensen

  42. İnteresting… and amazing…

  43. as a photographer these are of immense fir my students on many levels.great many thanx and continued good fortune.

  44. […] Surma tribe, Omo Valley, Ethiopia The Omo River Valley is located in Southwest Ethiopia. It has been called “the last frontier” in Africa. Hamer tribe Kara tribe There are nine main tribes that oc…  […]

  45. May GOD Bless Them. (and You ;-)

  46. Reblogged this on working and commented:
    May GOD Bless Them.(You ;-)

  47. Reblogged this on Ideas_R_Bulletproof and commented:
    quite extraordinary works of Steve McCurry…..

  48. thank you for your shots. they’re a great presents

  49. Jeanne Schwarzer Says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience through your photos and letting us into a world we likely would never have seen or heard of otherwise. I find this is not only about the mingi children but also about Lale and like his quote from Mother Teresa at the beginning of his video, a way to create ripples. One person CAN make a difference and by you sharing this story through your amazing photographs, you may do more than help the mingi children — you may pass on that idea. Thank you again for sharing your wonderful work and for using your gifts for the good of humanity.

  50. Very nice portraits. Is it from Canon or Nikon?

  51. Reblogged this on Oxford School of Photography and commented:
    More genius from Steve

  52. Another inspirational photographic project from one of my true photo heroes. Photography with integrity. Your work defines the true value of the photographic image for me. It informs and broadens our horizons, it is sympathetic towards its subjects and demonstrates social awareness with a genuine concern for humanity.

  53. Jude W. Vaz, Says:

    Fascimating stuff about the Omo.
    Brilliant photos. Thanks

  54. […] nejmenovanou neziskovou organizaci a o svém nedávném cenzurovaném komentáři na toto téma u Steva McCurryho na […]

  55. thank you for sharin these amazing pics
    wish you all the best for your next work and a “good eye”

  56. […] "The Omo River Valley is located in Southwest Ethiopia. It has been called “the last frontier” in Africa. There are nine main tribes that occupy the Omo River Valley, with a population of approximately 225,000 tribal peoples. "  […]

  57. Thank you very much Steeve. thank you for introducing me to the Mingi child killings in the Omo Valley. I never heard about it. Thank you to use your “celebrity” to help, to make the things move. You make beautiful photos wich are more than beautiful photos…They speak more and better than words…You’re a wonderful photograph, for sure…but you’re a really good reporter. Thanks for you reports about our world…God bless you and protect you all over the world, at you departures and at your arrivals and during the long journeys….

  58. Dear Steve,
    I enjoy your pictures any time. Your are a documentary and a portrait photographer of an age.
    Thank you for your exhibition
    Beste Regards from Germany
    Andreas

  59. Anonymous Says:

    Wonderful image .

  60. Steve you have done it again and beautifully. You open our eyes into seeing beyond what is in front of us. You tell us stories and make people real even we may not share the same environment you show us we share the same humanity. Thank you for being out there to capture the images that remind us we are connected.

  61. Thanks for the amazing documentation and for bringing to light this terrible practice of Mingi Steve.

  62. Anonymous Says:

    thank you

  63. Great photos, even by your standards, Mr. McPhotographer.

  64. Reblogged this on Caixa Negra and commented:
    Steve McCurry num dos locals mais fantasticos que já me foi dado visitar. O Vale do Rio Omo na Etiópia.

  65. Amazing pictures! I’d really like to visit Etiopia!
    But sooner or later I’ll go too!

  66. maria angela Says:

    Wonderful pictures!!!! I love all of yours photo!!!!
    The best!!!

  67. Maureen Leigh Says:

    Great, great pictures….

  68. so exquisite, sharing humanity, let us take care of each other.

  69. Fantastic post Mr McCurry and congrats for your work

  70. Reblogged this on PERDIDO EN MALLORCA and commented:
    Amazing photographs and amazing people. Thanks for sharing how they live.

  71. lovablyditzy Says:

    Reblogged this on Lovablyditzy.

  72. Beautiful photos Steve.

  73. Ive wanted to go to the ono Valley for soooo long.

  74. Reblogged this on Net4one and commented:
    Steve McCerry’s great collection of “Children of the Omo”

  75. Great collection !!

  76. Donnaparangan Says:

    Amazing moments, the eyes say so much. Very sad about the practice. Children are precious!

  77. Just full of respect. No words for this beauty.

  78. Anonymous Says:

    Great,Great,Great. Thanks

  79. Alessandra L. Says:

    Le tue foto illuminano la mia vita. Grazie.

  80. Anonymous Says:

    spellbound, awesome outta of the world

  81. wonderful..what should I say more!!!!

  82. Sono stata nella Valle dell’Omo parecchi anni fa, e le tue foto, così forti e coinvolgenti, hanno riportato alla mente le sensazioni provate allora. Pochi luoghi mi hanno così emozionato! E le persone…. incredibili.
    Grazie Steve per tutto questo!

  83. Dear Steve
    Yes “dear”, cause your work is a part of my every day. then, you’re like Family. I love your images, every photo touches me…..but these….I can´t find the words…..takes my breath away…..
    Thanks for being a daily inspiration for reach my dream….
    Sincerely,
    Ross

  84. Anonymous Says:

    excelentes fotos !!!

  85. This post should be in classrooms… The power of portrait if I ever seen it…
    Made my eyes water ;)

  86. Your shot are so beautiful!

  87. Steve, I look forward to each installment of your gorgeous blog. Your book, “Untold,” has a permanent space on our coffee table. Our girls often peek inside and many great conversations have been inspired by your images. Thank you!

  88. Crazy good pictures. I’m totally astonished! Please keep the passion! I love it very much!
    All the best. Sean from Hong Kong.

  89. Hauntingly beautiful photos.

  90. I love the patterns you capture, like the children’s open hands on the window. You’re work is an inspiration

  91. gorgeous photos of such beautiful people.

  92. just fabulous moments of such beautiful people.

  93. ana alonso Says:

    hermosas e impresionantes las fotografías de children of the omo

  94. […] "The Omo River Valley is located in Southwest Ethiopia. It has been called “the last frontier” in Africa. There are nine main tribes that occupy the Omo River Valley, with a population of approximately 225,000 tribal peoples. "" The majority of the people living in the Omo River Valley live without clean drinking water and without medical care. It has been a privilege to go back to the Omo Valley in Ethiopia with my friend, John Rowe, to photograph the work he is doing with Lale Labuko in their mission to end the practice of mingi and to house and shelter the mingi children who have already been rescued. " " Lale, a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, learned about the practice of Mingi and made it his life’s mission to end ritual infanticide in his tribe’s culture. " – Steve McCurry  […]

  95. Reblogged this on Giai01's Blog and commented:
    xem

  96. […] Children of the Omo   […]

    • The pictures captured what was on your heart and opened our eyes to another world, beyond what we could ever imagine, and giving us just a hint of your personal experience. Thank you for more of God’s awesome world! judi

  97. Anonymous Says:

    You are a fantastic fhotographer!!

  98. fantastiche

  99. Excellent post as always… I love your way to capture the essence in every moment. Your pictures are SUPERB!!
    Thank you very much for sharing them.
    All the best!!

  100. Just brilliant photos. Can’t wait for the next post.

  101. Robert Borgerhoff Mulder Says:

    Such great shots of such great people!

  102. Thank you Steve, for bringing an insight to me of a world away from the Western world.

  103. Fantastic portraits.

  104. However, beautiful photographs, as always…

  105. Susan Reich Says:

    So beautiful.

  106. Stunning photos as usual. Thanks for sharing!

  107. Bóbán-Warnusz Erzsébet Says:

    Amazing! Thanks!

  108. Thanks for introducing me the wonderful tribes of Omo valley. It is disturbing to hear about Mingi.

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

  109. Another great collection from you Steve !

  110. really loving these pictures. Africa is planned for long into the future as a destination so thank you for the beautiful insight.

  111. Innocence and acceptance , naturalness all visible through your beautiful images, with much gratitude.

  112. Anonymous Says:

    Beautiful shots love your work.

  113. Reblogged this on Mou Ikkai and commented:
    Naked…
    The naked face of omo children are well written at your photos. I’m enjoying it. Thank You mCcurry

  114. It is such an honor to be able to share in these remarkable images and stories…and pass them on to others. Your photography is to be cherished as a gift.

  115. He does it again. What a story.

    Sent from my iPad

    >

  116. Beautiful children from faraway places touched my heart through your beautiful pics! It is so sad to read about the innocent children outcasted as Mingi! I am glad that you are bringing awareness to the social problems in the world! Hope we all together can stop the violence and bring peace to the world! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

  117. As a photographer, there are time, when looking at the work of a great artist, one is humbled. This work has humbled me. Now it is up to me to make something of it. Thank you.

  118. I am pleased with your work, Thank you, God Bless You

  119. Ole Prahm Says:

    These photos say more than 1,000 words each, they are incredible. Thanks for sharing them to help tell the story of the OMO children. What a fabulous project and to think of how many lives you have saved, it must feel great! Keep up the good work and expand your team.

  120. Wonderful image ..no another words

  121. How much time it takes to make series like this?

  122. Thank you once again Steve for your wonderful, wonderful work. I am grateful that some time ago you taught me about Mingi. I frequently re-visit your blog to learn and to admire. Your photos never cease to amaze me. Thank you for being so generous and for sharing your perspective to the world.

  123. Anonymous Says:

    Haunting. Beautiful.
    ? I don’t see any Social Media links to share your work which would help bring more attention to the Omo Valley and its peoples.

  124. Thanks for including yourself in the post! Not only to satisfy my curiosity about what you look like, but to mark yourself as a character in this story. We are not separate.

  125. Incredible series of photos! I can look at these for hours – you are a huge inspiration. Thank you for sharing these – all the best Mark

  126. Amazing – thanks for sharing these images.

  127. Astonishing….. what incredibly beautiful people….how amazingly complex our planet is and how much suffering is still happening. What is our species doing?!

  128. Many thanks for this amazing photo reportage ! It is an intriguing but sad story. The children are most beautifully portrayed though !

  129. I love your photos so much. From the heart, they reach out to our hearts and we are so very grateful for your offering and thoughtfulness. Thank you.

  130. Marco Cavasassi Says:

    Steve, you are like a good bottle of Italian red wine… You get better with Age!!! Amazing shots! Bravo!

  131. Beautiful imagines.
    Terrible kind of life!!!
    This guy is great!!!!although businessman he has the sensibility to work for them.
    Excelent!!

  132. A wonderful insight to a far off world. Wonderful images

  133. Waouh georgeous set!!!!

  134. Silvia Fouani Says:

    Wonderful work

  135. Reblogged this on aandeketting and commented:
    al de series van Steve McCurry zijn het bekijken meer dan waard, maar gezien de boodschap van deze serie wilde ik die graag herbloggen.

  136. Steve, thank you for sharing your photographs.

  137. Sad story unfortunately, but beautiful photos!

  138. Amazing, amazing, amazing! I never cease to be inspired by your work. The close up of the boy through the window is my favourite – it’s just so beautiful. Thank you, as always for sharing them.

  139. Anonymous Says:

    superb thanks

  140. carllapeirre Says:

    disarmingly… is this the right word ?

  141. Amazing images Steve! You capture the essence of each and every child. I think my favorite photographs are those of the Kara Tribe, but it is very difficult to select any over others as they are all amazing in the own right. Thank you for sharing a piece of the world I wouldn’t have otherwise seen. Blessings, Robyn

  142. Julia Normandeau Says:

    just amazing. So touching, so real, so powerful. it leaves me speechless.

  143. Great project Steve – hoping your images will help to bring education where it is needed to help reduce the Mingi child killings in the Omo Valley…

  144. Reblogged this on AWE & then SOME and commented:
    Wow, The great Steve McCurry does it again!

  145. Sono immagini fantastiche, entrano nel cuore!!!

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