Afar region, in Northern Ethiopia, is one of the hottest places
inhabited by man. When I was there, temperatures exceeded
130 degrees F. My cameras were so hot I could hardly hold
them. At night, dust storms swept over my tukul, covering
me in a quarter inch of fine brown powder. In the morning
I'd shake it off my mosquito net, body, and plastic bags full
of my clothes and equipment, then walk out into the desert,
wondering why the Afar people lived here.
the Dinka in Sudan, the Afar are nomadic pastoralists, who
migrate with their portable houses (dabota) to wherever there
might be enough rain to nourish them and their cattle. War,
famine, and most recently tuberculosis may dent them, but
it seems that nothing can break the fierce, proud Afar. The
mixture of Islamic and tribal culture among the Afar is striking;
the women cover their heads and sometimes their faces, but
also think nothing of leaving their breasts exposed.