Traditionally pastoralists, the Daasanach are one of the largest Indigenous Peoples in Ethiopia with a population estimated to be about 48,000 people.
Their main homeland is in the Debub Omo Zone, around the Northern side of Lake Turkana in southern Ethiopia.
In recent years, the Daasanach have become more agropastoral, growing sorghum, maize, pumpkins and beans in addition to herding goats and cattle.
The Daasanach are sometimes referred to as the Merille–especially by their neighbours, the Turkana of Kenya.
“When the Water Ends,” a 16-minute video produced by Yale Environment 360 in collaboration with MediaStorm, tells the story of nomadic pastoralists in Kenya and Ethiopia as they struggle, and fight, over increasingly scarce water resources and climate changes. This story below is reprinted from Yale Environment 360’s website. For thousands of years, nomadic herdsmen […]
The Gibe 3 Hydro Dam threatens to destroy the livelihoods of 500,000 Indigenous People. A group of international NGOs have launched a campaign to stop a disaster-in-the-making: the Gibe 3 Hydro Dam on Ethiopia’s Omo River. The “fatally flawed” project threatens to destroy the food security and economies of roughly 500,000 Indigenous People in Southern […]
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