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    The Africa we don't see

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    Children of Ethiopia II.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Edina Papp said, "I am a regular traveler in Ethiopia, especially in the south Omo region. It's the part of Africa which still remains somehow untouched. It's also one of the last places where you are still able to see tribes living according to their traditions and habits."

    Papp, who captured these images during a trip to Ethiopia in July, believes that the lifestyle of remote Omo tribes is in danger. She worries that in seven years we will not be able to see the people of the Omo region living the way they are used to because of foreign influence and hopes to raise awareness through her photos.
    - taliaday, CNN iReport producer

    Beautiful, bright smiles and loud cheering were waiting upon me as I made my way down to the south part of Ethiopia this July.
    Children herding cows, goats or riding their stubborn donkeys to fetch water stopped and greeted me waving, dancing and chanting along the bumpy road.
    I was so fascinated by them, their smart faces, their personalities that I wanted to take all this with me home. Suddenly there was I, finding myself taking photos of them, so that they can stay with me and remind me what childhood is all about, no matter where you are born.
    This time, I have decided to focus on the bright side of life and not on their struggles. It is a hard task since their every day is affected by those difficulties. All I wanted is to spend a day trying to capture that honest smile, playful moment that everyone else shares when they are kids.

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