The gateway through which all road traffic must pass en route to South Omo, the small junction town of KARAT is often referred to as Konso after the Cushitic-speaking farmers who inhabit the surrounding hills. The Konso are unique in Ethiopia for constructing labyrinthine stone-walled fortified settlements, many dating back several centuries, which bear a strong but presumably coincidental resemblance to the Dogon villages of Mali. In 2011, UNESCO inscribed a 55-square-kilometre area centred on Karat as the Konso Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site.

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