The largest of several traditional stone villages that stud the Konso Cultural Landscape, MECHEKE has a magnificent hilltop setting only 13km from Karat. Its centrepiece is a ceremonial square where a cluster of around two-dozen “Olahitsa” generation poles (erected every eighteen years when a new generation of warriors is initiated) suggest that the village is at least 450 years old. There are also four groups of waga grave markers

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17 striking portraits of Ethiopia's Omo Valley tribes

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Ethiopian Christmas celebrations in pictures

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Exploring Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

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In preparation for the new Rough Guide to Ethiopia, the book’s editor, Edward Aves, travelled to the remote and little-visited Bale Mountains National Park.…

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