Ivan Lieman. Armed Struggle for Survival in Omo Valley
Ivan Lieman, is a photo reporter, and currently freelance for AFP based in Mombasa, Kenya.
From a Spanish father and a French mother, he grew up in Kenya, and after studying in Spain and England, he lived and traveled in many countries, he has returned to Africa to show us the human realities behind a cover photo.
The construction of the Gibe III dam in the Omo Valley on the border between Kenya and Ethiopia, an area declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the source of the conflict between the more than 200,000 indigenous people of Lake Turkana and the Region of the lower Omo River, whose lives and future are under serious threat.
Land grabbing and excavation work have led to a drastic decrease in the water level and salinization of the water which makes it unfit for human consumption, as well as impracticable grassland and almost impossible to fish.
As a result, ethnic groups in the Omo Valley region are forced to cross the border to fight for their survival in Lake Turkana, where their inhabitants have to use their weapons to defend their already very limited resources.
His work was exposed from December 9, 2014 to April 9, 2015.
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