Welcome to the land of the gamos

19.02.2009 // Visit the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region (SNNPR) and meet the gamos - one of Ethiopia's most hospitable people.

Gamo is the name of the Ethiopian ethnic group who speak the Gamo language The name "Gamo" means a lion, which refers to their legacy; along with the Goffa, they gave their names to the former Gamo-Gofa province of Ethiopia. The 2007 Ethiopian national census reported that 1,107,163 people (or 1.5% of the population) identified themselves as Gamos, of whom 141,233 were urban inhabitants. The Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Regionis home to 94.5% of this people.

The Gamo are very friendly and hospitable people, who welcome everyone. They are hard-working tribes, who contribute much of the fruits including banana, mango and papaya, even to the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.

The Embassy found this to be very true when visiting the Gamo-areas in the highlands above Arba Minch recently. Spontaneoulsy we were being invited to visit their land and their houses, where their daily tools and art made from wood were displayed. Living on fertile lands the people we visited produced also produced salads and tomatoes as well as bamboo in addition to the fruits already mentioned.

The fertile lands and their traditional huts gives a different impression than the Ethiopian highlands. 

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