Meet the women of the Omo valley. - photito

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Meet Galtier, a young woman from the Hamer tribe. Galtier is already married at her young age. Her age is unknown to her, as is common with the Ethiopian tribes, however the type of necklace she's wearing indicates that she is the first wife. Her marriage required ‘bride wealth’, a payment made by her husband's family to her family made up of goats, cattle and guns. Although it’s paid over time in installments similar to a bank loan, it’s so high (30 goats and 20 head of cattle), that it might not be paid back in a lifetime. Galtier has covered her hair and body with clay, butter and animal fat which is traditional practice among Hamer women.

Meet Galtier, a young woman from the Hamer tribe. Galtier is already married at her young age. Her age is unknown to her, as is common with the Ethiopian tribes, however the type of necklace she's wearing indicates that she is the first wife. Her marriage required ‘bride wealth’, a payment made by her husband's family to her family made up of goats, cattle and guns. Although it’s paid over time in installments similar to a bank loan, it’s so high (30 goats and 20 head of cattle), that it might not be paid back in a lifetime. Galtier has covered her hair and body with clay, butter and animal fat which is traditional practice among Hamer women.

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