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ETHIOPIA'S LAST FRONTIER: THE BLOODY WORLD OF THE HAMAR TRIBE | | LARS KRUTAK
Gurma (front) and Ades are Hamar warriors and respected elders. Each have tallied kills and their victims include one Borana and two Galeb. Ades confided to me that, "We kill more men today with our guns than when our forefathers used spears, bows and arrows. And if we stop, our enemies will know we are weaker than them, and they will try to take advantage of our cowardice." IT'S ROUGHLY FOUR-HUNDRED dusty and bone-jarring miles southwest from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to the Omo River Valley. But on these broken and often washed-out roads the journey takes twenty hours and two agonizing days. Passing through lush coffee growing regions, then high plateaus and remote mountain chains, and eventually arid scrublands of thorny bushes, cactus rows, and towering termite mounds, children traveling these roadways wave and scream for a few birr coins to be dropped out of each passenger window. And if they are not pleased with their "catch" they often launch stones