After visiting the workers among the Mursi in Hayle Wuha, I went to a nearby area called Makki, which is still among the Mursi people. There are a couple SIM families working there, running a medical clinic, school and planting a church. The work has been going slowly for many years, but in the last couple years they have seen significant fruit, nearly 200 now belonging to the church. 2 of the SIM men work 3x week with the elders, teaching working through the Scriptures and doctrine in what they call “milk time”. The Mursi typically drink blood and milk for breakfast, and before their traditional fights they drink milk for months to bulk up. Hence the phrase for this time of regular, intensive study of the Scriptures–“milk time”.
Most of these pictures are from 2 clinics that Kim Scheel, myself, and 2 Ethiopians put on. We were vaccinating kids 0-4 years of age, most of whom had never been to the actual medical clinic.
The drive out from Jinka is beautiful, descending from the highlands into the valley lowlands.
With Kim and Dan Scheel and one clinic worker, we set up a roadside vaccine clinic in the area where they serve. (I have no medical experience, so I was relegated to bookkeeping.)
The Mursi are typically naked. The adults sometimes wrap themselves in a blanket like the ones in this picture.
A very few adults received injections, mostly nursing mothers. Some were very brave, others showed their fear while the onlookers laughed at them.
In Mursi culture, stretching the ear lobes (men and women, but especially women) and lips (women only) is considered attractive. Ears, once stretched, remain so. Lips require constant restretching.
The Mursi also decorate their bodies with scar-art. The skin is pinched and then cut with a very sharp knife.
This woman in the orange blanket has had her lip reattached to her by sewing. Some NGOs have begun offering the service for free to women in these communities. The tribes are no longer allowed to cut the lips of young girls, but have to wait until the girls can choose for themselves as adults.
The boys all had very creative designs in their haircuts
The foreigners like to wear big pieces of stiff cloth on their heads.