Today it is mainly pastoralists and fishermen living here, in this remote piece of land, the government doesn’t really reach here, infrastructure is hardly existent. Eight different tribes share -not always peacefully- the scarce resources amongst each other in a dry and hot chunk of desert land which lies isolated between Kenya and Ethiopia.
The lake, the source of any life in this region, is the world’s largest desert lake. It is entirely fed from river Omo coming from Ethiopia in the North. Its existence is in danger because massive concrete dams with associated hydroelectric power plants and gigantic state-owned plantations with high need for irrigation have been built upstream, a “development” which will eventually lead to Lake Turkana drying out. The consequences for tribes and nature are disastrous: water shortages, crop failures, cattle dying, salted soils, hunger, and rural exodus.
In my images, I aim to capture the beauty of this old and meaningful place and its people. Every progress leads to something else dying. Every gain is someone else’s sacrifice.
shot on assignment for Terra Mater Magazine, 2016