Simien Mountains huts and young herder
The highland people of Ethiopia's Simien Mountains live, work, and play in one of Africa's most dramatic environments. The landscape features sheer cliffs, forested gorges, and ancient mountains that rise 14,000 feet into the clouds. One of the few places in Africa where snow falls on a regular basis, the Simien Mountains are home to three of Ethiopia's largest mammals: the walia ibex, the gelada baboon, and the rare Ethiopian wolf. Christian and Muslim communities live together peacefully in this predominantly agrarian society, and are known for sharing resources during public holidays, weddings, and funeral ceremonies. Like most boys his age, this shepherd boy will spend many days alone with his sheep, as the flock grazes on the mountainside.
Photos © 2012 Amber Davis Collins, PCV Honduras, 2002 - 2004.
Photo composite by Lisa Kummer.