Amazing images of salt harvest in Ethiopia


9 Responses to “Amazing images of salt harvest in Ethiopia”

  1. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    I’m amazed that such an arduous salt-harvesting process continues, in an area with severely limited transport links, so close to Red Sea coastline that looks fairly suitable for evaporative salt production.

    Is there some factor I’m not aware of that has supported this option instead, or is it just a matter of political togetherness issues sufficient to inhibit trade between Ethiopia and any of the nearby options with coastline(Eritrea, Djibouti, Norther Somalia)?

    • xzzy says:

      Based on the natgeo article, it’s one of those things where the people doing it have always done it that way.. so they’ll continue doing it like they are.

      It looks like the harvested salt supplies much of Africa, so without some external force coming in and modernizing the process (which would mean someone has to decide there’s money to be made) there’s no real reason to change.

    • Gyrofrog says:

      I’d say chalk it up to tradition as much as anything else.  There’s an accompanying article (see link in my other post) that explains how (for better or worse) they’re just now getting a road through there.

      (In fact, they seem to have built a new regional capital from scratch, Semera, because that site is on the existing highway.)

  2. Gyrofrog says:

    Thanks for posting this! I’d seen the Reuters article mirrored on NBC’s website (actually as a blog post), but it did not include (nor mention) any photos.

  3. Mary Biniam says:

    Ethiopia is unique from any other country, in that modernity did not come to the country.  Ethiopia remained separate because Europeans did not colonize the country in the 19th century when all countries in the world were under colonial rule.  Everything, from writing, to calendar, Religion, is unique to Ethiopia alone its culture remained intact for centuries.  

  4. ZakSai says:

    The more things change the more they stay the same., sea salt fetched top price in ancient times and served as currency, as well.  As history repeats itself many times, sea salt is the favorite highly sought delicacy in some of the toniest restaurants of the West. One major distributor told me he sells this salt to the tune of a hundred dollars per pound.  The Afars along with their region is fascinating. This same region is home to ‘ Hell on earth’ where one can observe lava in motion or as they say’ en vivo’ I cant  wait to pay visit to this region. Say December, when the Sun is around the Tropic of Capricorn. 

  5. There’s a wonderful documentary on this, too. It may be online somewheres…

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