I remember the time when I went to the South Omo. I was fascinating by the beauty of the landscape. Dimeka is one of the famous tourist destinations in Ethiopia. The plants are greener than anywhere else I have ever traveled. You see the wild life as if they are created for you. I smelled awesomeness; I saw the beauty of nature being completely naked.
When my girlfriend and I decided to go there in the first place it wasn’t just because we were expecting to see beautiful animals – but also exotic people. These are people who can attract tourists with their life style. These people are not from this century. They are living in the jungle with the animals, rhythm with nature and flirting with mother earth. They don’t possess anything to destroy the nature. They burn trees. They need the woods for cooking. But the fertile soil replaces the trees faster than they can possibly consume.
This is what they do for living – just living! Every day they are dancing for the rain and the sun. They jump the bulls. They choose wives for their sons exactly how we chose a life for them. They burn their skin, the same way they burn the trees – they should fit with nature. We decided.
Why didn’t I see any school in there? More than 50 tourists visit this place every day. They shouldn’t get education, ah, and then they will start to wear cloths and stop piercing their breasts. It is boring. We already have a lot of people who wear cloths. Why didn’t I see any clinic? True, that they have adequate knowledge to heal their own diseases. How about diseases we bring to them? They are dying with sickness which never been a risk to us. They don’t deserve hospitals, because they should keep their culture. They don’t have any where to go. In their world, no other place ever exists. And we are the tourists coming from the tourists’ land.
In most tourist destinations (at least in Ethiopian case), both the government and NGOs don’t want to work in these areas to preserve the culture of these people. The same way how we preserve our parks and animals. This is the reason people are travelling all the way to Ethiopia; to see wildlife and the tribal-people. Yet, they are still people and they deserve to be included in the development plans.