Photography Essay: The Mursi of Jinka (Location: The Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia)

Welcome to Jinka of The Lower Omo Valley in southwestern Ethiopia.  It is a vibrant market town where the local nomadic tribe of the Mursi people come to trade for supplies.  The Mursi are traditionally cattle herders and live in one of the most isolated regions of Ethiopia.  They are most known for the clay plates, which women wear starting at the age of 15.  It took us three days to reach Jinka, combining the transportation of local buses, taxis and hitch-hiking along dusty dirt roads that roared through every vertebrae within your spine.