Photographer's Note

This is one of kids living on high altitudes , above 3000 m, in Simen mountains. They spend their day tending animal herds on the mountain slopes in the hot sun and strong wind, and in the night, below zero degrees, they sleep in shelter built out of sticks ,full of hundreds of flies, without the fire , because this is national park and wood is very expensive.
They do not wear any shoes usually and sometimes no pants, just a thin blanket you see here. That is why they look like old dwarves, not children, and a man lucky to reach 30 years looks like he was 50. This is poverty at its extreme, even in Ethiopian reality, cos it is a lot harder to have nothing when its cold than when the sun shines and you can just sleep under a tree.

He is a holding a piece of bread. I paid with this bread for a picture, even if I try to avoid giving things to kids. He took it with enormous gratitude seen in his eyes, and then followed us on the mountain for an hour in hope of getting empty plastic bottle when someone from our group finishes his mineral water.

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Additional Photos by Swiatek Wojtkowiak (nygus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 0 N: 588] (8178)
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