Ethiopia, November 2018

A TV documentary director called me from Tokyo. “Can you help me out in Ethiopia?”
東京のTVドキュメンタリー映画監督から電話。エチオピアでの仕事を助けてくれないかという。

Of course! I had fallen in love with the country in the previous year during my first visit. (See Ethiopia, September-October 2017.)
もちろん! 去年初めて訪問し、大ファンになっていたのだ。

Addis to Guassa mapThe destination was Guassa Community Conservation Area (GCCA). I was asked to go there on recce for filming, scheduled early next year, and search for filming locations and people to interview with.
行先はグアサコミュニティ保護地域(GCCA)。仕事はロケハン。実際の撮影は来年早々に行われる予定だ。

Guassa boasts of a community-based natural resource management system known as “Qero”, which started over 400 years ago. It is also home to the Ethiopian wolf and the Ethiopian gelada baboon.
グアサは400年以上続く「ケロ」システムを誇る。コミュニティによる共同資源管理システムである。また、エチオピアオオカミやゲラダヒヒの故郷でもある。

Guassa is situated at 260 km north of Addis Ababa (the last 80 km from Tamaber is on gravel). It takes 6 hours by car. Altitude ranges from 3,200 to 3,700 metres above sea level. In winter, the night temperature can fall to −10 °C (14 °F).
アディスアベバから260キロ、最後の80キロは舗装されていない。車で6時間かかる。標高3200から3700メートル。冬は夜間の気温が-10度まで下がることもあるという。

It was already quite cold in November. At night, I was freezing in a sleeping bag, with two fleeces, tights, two pairs of socks, trousers and gloves. It was so cold even during the day that I wasn’t tempted to take a shower throughout my stay.
11月でも既にかなり寒かった。夜はフリース2枚、タイツ、靴下2足、ズボン、手袋で武装し、寝袋にもぐりこんで震えていた。昼間もかなり寒かったため、滞在中一度もシャワーを浴びる気にならなかった。

Mother and child. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 2018

Mother and child. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Tyre repair shop, Tarmaber, Ethiopia, November 2018

Tyre repair shop. Tarmaber, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Sugar cane seller. Tarmaber, Ethiopia, November 2018

Sugar cane seller. The left side is the beginning of a 80km gravel road. Tarmaber, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Everybody has a sattelite dish. On the way to Guassa, Ethiopia, November 2018

Everybody has a sattelite dish. On the way to Guassa, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Two women and child. On the way to Guassa, Ethiopia, November 2018

Two women and child. On the way to Guassa, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

I am not going anywhere. On the way to Guassa, Ethiopia, November 2018

I am not going anywhere. On the way to Guassa, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Caretaker. Guassa Community Lodge, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

Caretaker. Guassa Community Lodge, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Scout. GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

Volunteer scouts patrol in the conservation area. GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Kebele 5 administrative office. GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

Kebele 5 administrative office. GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Up a hill. Laydarcha village, GCCA, November 2018

Up a hill. Laydarcha village, GCCA, November 2018

 

Doves on roof. Laydarcha village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018 181107

Doves on roof. Laydarcha village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Raincoat made of Guassa grass. Laydarcha village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

Raincoat made of Guassa grass. Laydarcha village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Woman holding Guassa grass raincoat. Laydarcha village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

Woman holding Guassa grass raincoat. Laydarcha village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Pile of Guassa grass. Laydarcha village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

After harvest. Laydarcha village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Young wife. Laydarcha village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

Her first baby was due in a month. Laydarcha village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Terraced fields. Egora village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

Terraced fields. Gelada baboons sleep on top of the cliff at night. Egora village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Old house thached with Guassa grass. Egora village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

Old house thached with Guassa grass. Egora village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Village in a mist. Egora village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

Village in a mist. Egora village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Guard dog, Egora village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

Guard dog, Egora village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Curious faces. Laydarcha village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

Curious faces. Laydarcha village, GCCA, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Cold afternoon. Mehal Meda, Ethiopia, November 2018

Cold afternoon. Mehal Meda, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Horse and cart. Mehal Meda, Ethiopia, November 2018

Horse and cart. Mehal Meda, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Herding sheep. Mehal Meda, Ethiopia, November 2018

Herding sheep. Mehal Meda, Ethiopia, November 2018

 

Sun over misty forest. On the way to Tarmaber, Ethiopia, November 2018

Sun over misty forest. On the way to Tarmaber, Ethiopia, November 2018

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