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.
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.
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.
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.
To learn more about Lale and John and OmoChild, please visit: