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Interaction between Tourists and the people of Ethiopia

Ethiopians are proud of their culture and civilization, which per-date those Europe. They do not expect or warrant snobbish behavior. For the most part, they are sociable toward visitors.

In the cities, you will regularly find young men – or rather, they will find you – who will recommend guiding you about. Unemployment is high, so they will most likely be out of work and hoping for a tip and a chance to learn something about your part of the world.

In Ethiopia, bribery and corruption exit; however on a much lower scale than in many other countries in Africa and elsewhere in the world.

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The drainage systems of Ethiopia

The drainage systems of Ethiopia can be classified as follows:-

Drainage area A
This is an area which comprises four important river basins, the Mereb, Tekeze, Abay and Baro. Following the general slope of the land westward, all except the Mereb drain to the Nile and thus to the Mediterranean.

The best known Ethiopian river, the Abay (the Blue Nile) together with the Tekeze and Baro is also part of the Nile system. Among the river basins under drainage are A, the Abay has the largest catchment area and the Mereb the smallest.

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Drainage and river basins

Ethiopia is naturally endowed with rivers of considerable number and size. The major rivers are international. They flow beyond the boundaries of the country to the arid regions of neighbouring countries carrying not only water, but also fertile soil.

Most parts of Ethiopia are drained by major rivers flowing eventually into the ocean (exoreic drainage). Therefore the western parts of the country are drained by major rivers like the Abay, Baro and Tekeze; and also the south-eastern region is drained by the Wabi Shebele and the Genale.

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The lakes of Ethiopia

The lakes of Ethiopia fall into two groups: Rift Valley lakes and highland lakes. Most of them are located in the rift valley where there are eight lakes varying in size and depth.

The largest of these is Abaya and the smallest is Awasa. All these lakes are habitats for a great variety of fish and birds.

Lake Abijata has flamingoes and lakes Ziway and Abaya have hippopotamus and crocodiles. Lake Langano, which is only about 210km away from Addis Abeba, is the most used of all the lakes, and has developed into a weekend resort.

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The Hamer

The ethnic diversity you get in the southern part of Ethiopia is great. The Hamer, with their attribute high cheekbones, elaborate costumes of beads, cowries and leather, and thick copper necklaces, are among the most readily identifiable of the South Omo peoples in Ethiopia.

The major towns of the Hamet are Turmi and Dimeka, both of which host compelling and colorful weekly markets – on Monday and Saturday respectively – and will reward anybody who settles into them for a few days.

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Konso People

Konso people are located in the arid highlands of southwestern Ethiopia. Their sharply delimited traditional territory is bounded by lands of Oromo peoples, to whom the Konso are culturally and linguistically related. Konso people are Cushitic people.

Konso people are farmers, living in fortified villages bounded by their farming land. They developed a defensive style of building, with villages on hilltops, protected by fortifications around them.

Konso people Gesergios village commonly known as New York village due to its natural landscape with mountain structure that seems precisely a big city with modern buildings.

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Dorze People

One of the typical features of Dorze people is their unique weavings. These people live stretching from the Omo River banks to the highlands over Lake Abaya.

They were once much feared warriors but now the Dorze men folk have settled down to farming or weavings. Dorze huts are beehive fashioned made from bamboo, but they are usually much taller in size than others of this style.

When their houses begin to decay or are attacked by termites the Dorze just dig them up and after sewing bamboo struts around the base to protect the shape, mobilize all the neighbors to carry the structures to their sites. Each house is said to last for 40 years after which it is neglected and a new one is built.

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Despite its small size, Turmi is a vital transport hub, lying at the pivot of the three main roads that run southwards from the Konso-Jinka road.

Best known for its Monday market, perhaps the most important in Hame country, Turmi is a markedly traditional small town, and well worth a couple of days whether or not they happen to coincide with the market.

Some small traditional Hamer villages lie within a 2km radius of Turmi town; any local kid will take you to one of them for a small fee.

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