Anna Ackermann

Beginning & Ending of the World

Lake Turkana at the upmost North of Kenya, is most likely be the place where mankind started. Today it is mainly pastoralists and fishermen sharing – not always peacefully- the scarce resources amongst themselves, in a dry and hot chunk of dessert land that lies isolated between Kenya and Ethiopia. Governments don’t really reach here. The lake, the world’s largest dessert lake, is entirely fed from river Omo coming from Ethiopia in the north. Its existence is in danger as massive concrete dams with associated hydroelectric power plants have been built upstream, a “development” which will eventually lead to Lake Turkana drying out. The consequences for tribes and nature are disastrous.

Text in German available. Commissioned in June 2016 by Terra Mater Magazine. Published in December 2016.

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