Ethiopia

Argobba

Andrea Torrei Photography, Black&White Photography, Daily Life, Documentary Photography, Ethiopia, People

Some people say Argobba came to Ethiopia from Arabia and are descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, others say they came from Persia and Iraq. A Muslim community, they are spread out through isolated villages all located on hills where outsiders are usually not allowed. The Argobba are very conservative and have no contact with the outside world. Koromi, the oldest argobba settlement in Ethiopia, sits on a remote hilltop several miles away from Harar and it is a labyrinth of stone houses and many of them are hundred of years old. Farmers, traders, breeders, the Argobba use sophisticated methods of terracing to grow cash crop such as coffe and khat. Children learn the Quran from early age and help the family in farm work.