The Kara, also known as Karo, are a population of Ethiopia who live along the Eastern shores of the Omo River, living on agriculture, fishing and sheep farming.

This tribe loves taking care of their physical appearance, the Kara realize elaborate body painting on the occasion of ceremonies and rituals, both women and men they usually paint their bodies.

Scarification also plays a major role in the Kara culture, the deep scars in the skin are made both for aesthetic reasons and, in the case of men, as a sign of courage and to celebrate victory over an enemy.

They are among the most photogenic populations in the Omo Valley but their future may be at risk, their number ranges from 1,000 to 3,000 people and the country's climate and political changes could lead to their disappearance.

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