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Camel caravans North Africa

Therina Groenewald: Camel caravans North Africa – professional photographer.

Danakil, Ethiopia – Salt miners ply an ancient and gruelling trade in Ethiopia’s northeastern Danakil Depression, one of the hottest and lowest places on Earth.

Danakil contains vast salt flats as well as sulphur springs and rumbling volcanoes created by the grinding of three tectonic plates. Yet this inhospitable landscape manages to support the Afar people, a Muslim group straddling the borderlands of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti.

Each day, Afar miners chop salt from the earth under a blistering sun, then load the minerals on to camels and donkeys which march for days to market towns to the west where the mineral is sold.

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