||| Imaging Aid Work in Ethiopia’s Borena Zone

Multifaceted humanitarian framework rollout in southern Ethiopia, gathering audio interviews with programme participants and building image repositories of completed humanitarian support projects. This iNGO-led rollout embeds essential processes in many of the most remote village clusters to combat drought, starvation, gender inequality, and poor education.

Ethiopia’s Borena zone is situated in the southern lowlands of Ethiopia and is home to the ethnic Oromo, a fiercely independent people with deep-seated beliefs and deeper divides. Whilst the wetter northern climes of Borana zone bears the fruit of a thriving avocado and coffee economy, the southern lowlands offer little – a harsh and tough existence, the deserted landscape is rife with recurring drought and an often-starving populace. With the added complexities of bordering Somalia to the east, Borena zone neighbours thousands of miles of land off-limits to non front line humanitarian aid due to the unstable nature of the area. Whilst it may seem prudent for iNGOs to avoid working in these unstable areas, without their knowledge, experience, and network many families and communities would be without power, water, food, and an education.

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