Last year the acclaimed American photographer Steve McCurry was invited to the remote Omo Valley region of Southwest Ethiopia by a local charity called Omo Child. Set-up by Lale Lubuko and photographer John Rowe, the charity aims to provide a safe, nurturing home and quality education for children and infants who are considered by their tribe to be mingi.
In the valley a child can be mingi for many reasons, but once they have been cursed they are either left alone in the desert without food or water or ritualistically killed. McCurry’s photographs don’t only highlight the tremendous work that Omo Child are doing, but they also capture a part of the world which is often considered to be Africa’s “last frontier”.
McCurry is frequently recognized as one of the finest photographers in the world, and over the last 30 years his lens has provided us with a glimpse into places we would normally never see. Powerful yet intimate, his photographs have documented many fast-disappearing ways of life from around the globe and given us an incredible insight into the many people that make up our planet.
To see more images from McCurry’s series Children of the Omo you can visit his blog. In addition, you can also find out more about the Omo Child charity by visiting their website which includes ways for you to help and a place ton donate to their cause.